Alasdair Gold has dropped an update on the future of Tottenham Hotspur right-back Emerson Royal.
Speaking in a recent video posted on his YouTube channel, the football.london journalist suggested that, despite a promising performance in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Saturday evening, the 23-year-old could still be moved on by Fabio Paratici this summer, as the Brazil international does not fit Antonio Conte’s tactical setup at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Regarding the full-back’s future in north London, Gold said: “Emerson was really good [against Liverpool]. He was really good. But he’s not a natural fit as a wing-back, he’s not.
“And I still wonder whether that may have consequences for his future at the club, especially if Conte stays and we’re going to play with wing-backs – and whether Conte feels he can turn him into a wing-back.
“But nights like this [on Saturday] show his value, they do. And, if he does move, I think he’ll have no issue finding another club. I think they’ll be queuing up, especially back in Spain, for him. I think Spurs will probably make more than they bought him for.”
While it is true that Emerson did turn in a very respectable display against Liverpool on Saturday, it cannot be avoided that the €30m (£25.7m) 2021 signing is simply not suited to playing at right wing-back in Conte’s system.
Indeed, over his 28 Premier League appearances this season, the £26m-rated defender has been largely disappointing in a creative capacity, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of just 0.4 shots, making 0.9 key passes and completing 0.6 dribbles per game.
The £62k-per-week full-back has returned slightly better metrics in a defensive capacity, helping his side keep four clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 0.7 interceptions, 2.3 tackles, 2.6 clearances and winning 5.3 duels – at a success rate of 55% – per fixture.
These returns have seen the 23-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of 6.89 – a significantly lower than that of Matt Doherty, who boasts a 7.06 match rating over his 15 league outings this term – ranking him as Conte’s 11th-worst performer in the English top-flight.
As such, Gold’s claim that Emerson will more than likely be moved on by Tottenham this summer is sure to have left supporters buzzing, especially if Paratici can sell the defender for a profit – as the journalist suggests.