Tottenham Hotspur: Pedro Porro debut expected ‘soon’
Tottenham Hotspur talent Pedro Porro could ‘soon’ make his debut after being signed from Sporting Lisbon in January, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The Lowdown: Porro signed by Tottenham…
Spurs completed a deadline day deal for the 23-year-old to bolster their wing-back options as Antonio Conte now sees more attacking flair in the position.
The former Manchester City defender comes with real promise, having been praised for his performances in the Portuguese top flight, but Lilywhites supporters will be hoping that he doesn’t follow a similar trajectory to Djed Spence.
The 2022 summer signing left for Rennes on loan recently after Conte refused to hand the Englishman regular minutes, but according to Jones, it appears that Porro’s situation is different.
The Latest: Porro’s Spurs debut expected ‘soon’…
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the reporter claims that the Spaniard was in fact a Conte signing and not a ‘club’ one like Spence, adding that Porro could ‘soon’ make his Spurs debut, having been an unused substitute in last Sunday’s 1-0 win over his former club.
He stated: “I mean, obviously, they haven’t put all this effort into him for no reason. I don’t think this is the same as Djed Spence when they put months of work into signing him and then he was never seen.
“I mean, this isn’t; that was more of a club signing, where this was somebody [Porro], I’m told it was very much a Conte signing and a man that the management team felt could transform their season, so I do expect to see him soon.”
The Verdict: Big asset…
Dubbed a ‘special talent’ by some members of the media, the Spanish right-back is a serious asset to both Spurs and Conte as they push for a top-four Premier League finish.
As per WhoScored, before signing for Tottenham, Porro excelled in an attacking wing-back role under Ruben Amorim at Sporting. He ranked in the Lisbon club’s top two in terms of both key passes (2.4) and attempts at goal (2.6) per 90 whilst also registering six assists in the league, more than any of his former team-mates.
By contrast, Tottenham’s current first-choice right-back Emerson Royal doesn’t compare in terms of these attacking returns, with the Brazilian only havng one assist to his name so far this season.
However long it takes Porro to get settled in at Spurs, we have little doubt that he will eventually become Conte’s first-choice wing-back option on the right over the coming weeks.