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Spurs: Emerson Royal should’ve played his final game for Antonio Conte

Tottenham Hotspur secured yet another comeback victory on Saturday afternoon, with Antonio Conte’s side coming from behind three times against Leeds United to seal a 4-3 win in north London.

Indeed, goals from Crysencio Summerville and Rodrigo saw the visitors take a 2-1 lead into half-time, with Harry Kane scoring Spurs’ solo goal in the first 45 minutes, before a late Rodrigo Bentancur brace sealed all three points for the hosts after Ben Davies had pulled Tottenham level and Rodrigo had subsequently restored the Whites’ advantage with just 14 minutes left to play.

However, while Conte will undoubtedly be delighted with his side’s grit and determination to grind out a result, there were still a number of worrying individual performances on display at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier both failing to impress in their final club game prior to the start of the Qatar World Cup later this month.

Having said that, while the Frenchman and Englishman were both disappointing on Saturday afternoon, it was yet again the display of right wing-back Emerson Royal that will be the biggest cause for concern for the 53-year-old manager, as the Brazilian turned in another abject display against Jesse Marsch’s energetic Leeds side.

Indeed, over the course of his 49 minutes on the pitch, the £35m-rated full-back offered his side extremely little going forwards, completing just 25 of his 34 attempted passes – a success rate of a mere 74% – failing to find his man with either of his two attempted crosses and losing possession of the ball on 11 separate occasions.

The £40k-per-week talent also missed a glorious chance to get himself on the scoresheet, inexplicably firing Ben Davies’ cut-back miles over the Leeds bar when it appeared easier to hit the back of the net.

Emerson was not much better in metrics more typical of his position, blocking one shot, making one interception and one tackle during his time on the pitch, before being hauled off early in the second half – with his withdrawal met by a chorus of cheers from Spurs supporters, something that Tim Spiers described as “horrible to watch“.

Indeed, Alasdair Gold awarded the right-back a disappointing five in his own player ratings, while Hunter Godson questioned how bad the 23-year-old has to be in order for Conte to drop him, with the journalist stating in a post on Twitter: “Can someone explain why Emerson is undroppable? Is it that his positional play is pretty good? Genuinely wondering.”

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And, with recent reports suggesting that Tottenham would be open to parting with the Brazil international in the January transfer window, considering the fact that Spurs will play just one Premier League game between now and the opening of the winter market, this may well be the final time the Lilywhites faithful see Emerson in action for their club.

However, judging by their reaction to his substitution on Sunday, the potential sale of the defender would not appear to be something that many Tottenham fans will have sleepless nights about.

Article title: Spurs: Emerson Royal should’ve played his final game for Antonio Conte

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