Darren Bent says Emerson Royal’s Tottenham Hotspur career is coming to an end
According to former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent, Emerson Royal won’t last long as a Spurs player.
The Brazilian right-back has been a regular for manager Antonio Conte ever since the Italian came in. But that is arguably down to the lack of world-class options in that position.
One of Emerson’s most frustrating moments in a Spurs shirt came against Sporting CP in the UEFA Champions League group stage. On matchday 5, a win would have sent Spurs through to the knockout rounds with a game to spare.
After Spurs scored an equaliser and with around 10 minutes left on the clock, Emerson could have easily played in Bryan Gil down Spurs’ right flank. But he instead for a no-look pass and misplaced it horribly.
It led to a lot of groans in the stands and Conte was visibly irritated on the touchline. Speaking about the incident, Bent exclusively told talkSPORT:
“The worst pass he ever did was the no-look one where he passed it out of play. I’ve got friends who were at Spurs at the weekend and he was subbed off after 60 minutes. My mate said standing ovation, to get him off. That’s when you know the end is coming.”
He was subbed off in the 57th minute against Leeds United in which the Lilywhites came back several times to finally win the game 4-3.
The former Barcelona right-back is a pretty good attacker and a defender as a full-back, but he still seems to lack that bit of brilliance that can pit him in the same category with players like Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, or Joao Cancelo.
He can arguably be upgraded upon. Spurs have been keeping tabs on Joe Scally of Borussia Monchengladbach, which could be a hint of things to come.
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Conte strengthened his left flank this summer and hopefully, we work on our right flank in the near future. Emerson, Matt Doherty, and Djed Spence are just not at that level yet where they can be a pinned starter in a ‘big six’ club.