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Tottenham: Paul Robinson ‘surprised’ by Emerson Royal’s form

Tottenham: Paul Robinson ‘surprised’ by Emerson Royal’s form -Tottenham Hotspur News

Tottenham Hotspur defender Emerson Royal has impressed Sky Sports pundit Paul Robinson with his brilliant start to the Premier League campaign.

The Lowdown: Royal shines for Spurs…

After being heavily linked with a summer move away from north London, the Brazilian has now cemented his spot in Antonio Conte’s starting XI on a consistent basis.

Royal has started all six of the team’s top-flight matches so far this term and earned rave reviews from members of the media for his latest outing against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

The former Real Betis star played like a man ‘possessed‘ according to CBS journalist Chuck Booth, with the 23-year-old’s end product steadily improving. He has already contributed one assist this season, matching his tally from the entirety of 2021/22, when he found the net only once (WhoScored).

The Latest: Robinson praises Royal…

Speaking to Football Insider, former Spurs goalkeeper Robinson admitted that he has been left ‘surprised’ by Royal’s upsurge in form, adding that the South American offers ‘something different’ under Conte.

The ex-England stopper said of the 23-year-old: “I’ve been surprised by him this season. Going forward I have always liked him, he offers something different. He worries me defensively though. I feel he has a mistake or a mistimed challenge in him.

“This season he has done extremely well. Perhaps that has forced the manager’s hand. There has been no reason not to keep him in there so far.”

The Verdict: Getting better and better…

The 23-year-old is one of only six players to start every single game under Conte so far this season, which shows his vast improvement and serious turnaround at N17. Having achieved a rating of 6.87 from WhoScored for his performances in 2021/22, that has shot up to 7.1 in the early weeks of the current campaign.

Royal also currently ranks in Tottenham’s top five best-performing players by average match rating, with only Cristian Romero making more tackles per 90 (WhoScored).

Still young and raw, the Brazilian could even carry on improving and become a real mainstay in N17 for years to come if he maintains this run of form.

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