Lucas Moura backs £26m Tottenham teammate to have a ‘great future’

Lucas Moura
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Lucas Moura has claimed his Tottenham teammate and Brazilian compatriot Emerson Royal has a ‘great future’ ahead of him. 

The 22-year-old joined the club from Barcelona for €30 million (£25.8m) in the summer and has since managed to secure a permanent place in the Spurs line-up. 

Having started at right-back under Nuno Espirito Santo, Emerson has now been trusted to play a key role at wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-2-1 system, which has yielded five wins and three draws in the Premier League since the Italian’s arrival. 

Despite the positives, the former Inter Milan boss called for an improvement from him going forward – specifically in the crossing department – with the majority of Spurs’ attacks depending on the wide players. 

However, Spurs winger Moura, who has recorded four goals and assists each in all competitions under Conte, has enjoyed Emerson’s company at Spurs so far and believes he has plenty of potential to keep getting better. 

He told Sky Sports: “I think we are building a good friendship. He is a very good guy, young player.

“He is doing very well and he has a great future. It’s good to have a Brazilian in my side because we understand each other.”

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Overall, Emerson has had a decent start to his Spurs career. There are good and patchy parts to his game that can be seen when he plays at wing-back, but as a young player he can hopefully iron those out going forward. 

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  1. Am singularly unimpressed with Emerson Royal in all honesty, and do not see him as the solution to Tottenham’s RWB or RB problem. Indeed given that both Keiran Trippier and Serge Aurier received enormous flack whilst playing for Spurs, despite both being clearly more superior and effective players than the Brazilian defender, I wonder how the recruitment here can be so spectacularly wrong? Personally I would sell both Royal and Doherty as neither seems that capable and highly prioritise investment in this area specifically to strengthen.


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