Despite a couple of poor performances from Spurs in the past few weeks, summer signing Cristian Romero has been excellent.
In fact, it hasn’t just been these past couple of games in which Romero has stepped up. This entire season, Romero has been a godsend to Spurs’ backline when fit.
Time and time again, Romero has come to the Lilywhite’s rescue. Whether it’s marking one of the best players in the league, covering other defenders’ mistakes, or picking a pass to jump-start an attack, Romero has been truly excellent at just about everything this season.
The Argentinian has been guilty the odd mistake, but for his first season in the Premier League, he has been amazing. Of course, his no-nonsense high press style is always going to yield yellow cards and fouls – but you have to take the risk-reward mentality.
As long as you can cover for his shortcomings by defending set-pieces, he will likely more than make up for it in turning over possession and kickstarting counters, as we have seen all season long.
It’s important to consider he’s only 23-years-old as well. Despite his young age, which is years before most centre-back’s peak, I find myself saying “Wow, Cristian Romero, well done,” multiple times per game.
On top of his pure quality, Romero’s aggressiveness is much needed in a team that lacks any passion whatsoever. Particularly in matches that possess any meaning whatsoever. The fire the Argentinian has is reminiscent of his countryman Erik Lamela.
While Romero himself has been amazing, credit is also due to the recruitment staff for finding him. It is truly impressive that Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy managed to convince him that Spurs was his best option with nothing but Europa Conference League to offer in return.
Here’s to hoping Romero can continue to build on his performances and be a mainstay in the Spurs backline for years to come.
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