Ange Postecoglou tells Tottenham Hotspur’s Cristian Romero to improve in one area after return from suspension
Ange Postecoglou has urged Cristian Romero to manage his discipline after the latter’s return to Tottenham Hotspur from suspension.
The Argentina international received a straight red card for a rash challenge in his team’s 4-1 Premier League loss against Chelsea last month. Since then, Spurs have lost two games and drawn once.
Romero’s absence has been sorely missed, so much so that Dejan Kulusevski recently said that he couldn’t wait for the centre-back’s return. Ange is happy too, and why wouldn’t he be?
The former Juventus star is our best defender, no Spurs would doubt that. Or, okay, Micky van de Ven could be ahead for some in that pecking order, but Romero’s exploits on the international stage with Argentina and at club level in Serie A give him way more experience.
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That leadership and experience, hence, can’t be replaced instantly. Speaking ahead of Spurs’ next Premier League game against West Ham United on Thursday (7 December), the Greek-Australian manager said (h/t Football.London):
“When he oversteps mark the whole group pays a price so it’s up to him to maintain discipline I know he can show. But more importantly he’s such a strong presence on the field and in during the week so good to have him back.”
Romero has seen 23 yellow cards in his 75 games for Spurs. We don’t need stats to see that the 25-year-old Argentine is aggressive at times and can let emotions get the better of him.
Of course, that is part and parcel of being a centre-back, especially when you have to be the leader of the backline. But one can understand where Ange is coming from.
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Romero should be on his best behavior this season, at least until we sign a quality third centre-back for depth, because his absence is felt more than most.