Opinion: The best is still yet to come from Emerson Royal at Tottenham

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Emerson Royal
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Despite Emerson’s great display against Aston Villa, the best is still yet to come from the Brazilian. Now just over a month since Emerson signed, Spurs fans should be getting excited about what he has in store.

Emerson had a rough start to life at Spurs. First, having to face off with one of the best wingers in the league in Wilfried Zaha, then against the Champions of Europe Chelsea, and then coming on at half-time in the North London Derby when Spurs were already three goals down.

Despite this tough start Emerson still showed his promise. Against Crystal Palace, Emerson had the most tackles in the match and against Chelsea he won the most duels.

Against Aston Villa, Emerson finally played when Spurs were going forward instead of being pinned back for the majority of the match. In the game, Emerson won the most duels, coming out on top in 10 separate occasions.

Defensively, Emerson was impressive with six clearances, four interceptions, and six recoveries. The 22-year-old had a shot cleared off the line by an Aston Villa defender and thread one key pass showing what he can do going forward.

Despite all of this, Emerson still has more to come. There is a reason Barcelona gave him a €300 million release clause.

Emerson showed in his last season in La Liga just how influential he can be. The Brazilian made 33 key passes from right-back averaging a key pass per 90.

Now that he is feeding those crosses and passes into Son and Kane instead of 40-year-old Joaquin and seven goals in two seasons Cristian Tello, Emerson is sure to have more assists than he did with Real Betis.

Not only has Emerson showed just how capable he is offensively but he is a monster defensively as well. Emerson had 87 clearances, 52 tackles succeeded, and 61 interceptions during the 20/21 season.

On top of all that, Emerson is only 22 years old, posting the above numbers as a 21-year-old. Ultimately, Spurs fans have a lot to be excited about when it comes to Emerson Royal.

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