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Forget Son: Emerson Royal cost Spurs dearly in Sporting CP defeat

Tottenham Hotspur‘s unbeaten run came to a gutting end as they slumped to a Champions League defeat against Sporting CP in Lisbon on Tuesday night.

The Portuguese giants bagged themselves two injury-time goals to stun Antonio Conte’s side, who had a number of good chances but could not take them.

Spurs looked to be heading for a point and an eighth game unbeaten before Paulinho headed home from Pedro Goncalves’ left-wing corner, then another Sporting substitute in Arthur Gomes hit a low strike past Hugo Lloris after he had skinned Emerson Royal into next week.

And it was the former Barcelona dud that badly let his manager and his side down with a pretty disastrous display at right wing-back.

The likes of Harry Kane and, in particular, Heung-min Son will take plenty of pelters as the attacking duo endured another disappointing outing and for the latter, it’s eight from eight without finding the net, thus increasing the pressure.

However, the service from Emerson was ultimately shocking, as was his defending, evidently.

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As per SofaScore, the £26m signing was one of three visiting players to receive a booking, having committed one foul, whilst he also lost possession ten times from 47 touches and was dribbled past on two occasions, including for Gomes’ incredible match-winner.

Elsewhere, the Brazilian liability made just one accurate cross from four attempts and played just 17 passes at an accuracy rate of 73%, which was comfortably the worst return of any outfield player to feature at the Estádio José Alvalade.

To compound his woes further, the 23-year-old defender lost four duels against his opposite number and registered one big chance missed, also via SofaScore.

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A truly wasted talent...

Alasdair Gold of was less than impressed by Emerson as he ranked his performance amongst Spurs’ worst performers, claiming:

‘Same old story with his attacking bluntness and at the back he was beaten in the air with Kane for Paulinho’s header and then Gomes skipped past with a nutmeg far too easily.’

Meanwhile, writer Ethan Budowsky lambasted the Lilywhites’ “pathetic” showing and claimed that the right wing-back is “the worst player on every pitch he steps on” and that he “belongs nowhere near a Top 6 club.”

As such, it was he who cost Spurs the most over in Portugal this week. The rest of the squad will need to get back on track when they face Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday evening,

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