The Telegraph have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur may have to turn to Middlesbrough right-back Djed Spence over Torino’s Stephane Singo if they cannot find a buyer for Emerson Royal.
Spurs are expected to be in the market for a right wing-back this summer, with previous reports indicating that Antonio Conte is not convinced by Emerson Royal (The Sun).
Tottenham allegedly failed with an offer to sign Spence during the January transfer window (90min) but Singo has emerged as the North London club’s preferred target ahead of the summer transfer window (Tuttosport – 20/04/22).
The Telegraph have now explained that Tottenham’s issues with meeting the homegrown players and foreign players criteria could prevent them from pursuing Singo.
It is explained that Spurs already have 16 foreign players in their squad, excluding the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Bryan Gil.
With only a maximum of 17 players allowed for Europe competitions, it is said that the club hope to find a buyer for Emerson. If they fail to do so, the report asserts that Conte’s men would have to pursue Spence, who will be considered homegrown, over Singo.
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I do not think the foreign player issue is as big as it is made out in this report. One would expect the likes of Gollini, Rodon, Sanchez and Bergwijn to leave this summer, which would free up more spots.
However, it does look likely that Emerson’s Spurs career might be coming to an end this summer unless the Brazilian steps up in the final six matches and shows Conte that he can fulfil the demands of the right wing-back role.
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