Tottenham Hotspur defender Emerson Royal has been sent a warning by Tim Sherwood after a tough debut for the club at the weekend.
The Lowdown: Palace thrashing
The 22-year-old swapped Barcelona for Spurs on the transfer deadline day and made his debut in the 3-0 London derby defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The wing-back lost more duels than he won and attempted only one dribble, with which he failed to beat his man. Whilst not at fault for any of the three goals, the Brazilian endured a difficult time against Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park.
It remains early days in his time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the £25.73m arrival will be hoping to settle in sooner rather than later.
The Latest: Another Soldado
Speaking to Premier League Productions (11/09/21 at 12:20 pm) [via HITC], former Spurs manager Sherwood said that he hopes Royal does not struggle in the Premier League after a move from Spain, similar to Roberto Soldado under the 52-year-old in 2013/14.
The ex-Spurs boss said: “We have had one there at Tottenham as well. He was a centre-forward in Soldado. He came over with a massive reputation, he couldn’t wait to score a bundle of goals in the Premier League.
“It never really materialised. He couldn’t handle it. He couldn’t hand the tempo and the intense competition of the Premier League.
“Hopefully, for Royal and Tottenham fans, he can be really interesting.”
The Verdict: Still early days
Soldado, who is now back in Spain with Levante, had a horrid spell at the north London club as he only scored 16 goals in 76 appearances at White Hart Lane.
Royal’s debut performance was not terrible by any means and having to face Zaha, one of the trickiest players in the league, in his first game was always going to be tough, especially when Japhet Tanganga was sent off.
With Matt Doherty waiting in the wings at right-back, Royal now faces a tough upcoming three games against Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa. That could be his chance to prove why Spurs signed him and show Sherwood that he isn’t going to be another failed signing from La Liga like Soldado.
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