The Lowdown: Royal linked with exit…
It has been widely reported over this last week that Spurs and Fabio Paratici are now open to selling the Brazilian just a year after signing him in a £25 million deal from Barcelona.
The Sun say that Spurs are open to offer for Royal as manager Antonio Conte seemingly favours Republic of Ireland international Matt Doherty, particularly for his superior attacking player overall.
Marca (via Sport Witness) claim that the feeling is mutual on Royal’s part with the defender ‘willing’ to leave north London.
Sharing his verdict on the 23-year-old, Hutton has slammed Real Betis’ former star for his Spurs showings over 2021/2022.
The Latest: Hutton slams Royal…
Speaking to FI, the ex-Scotland international claimed that Royal has ‘really struggled’ and just ‘isn’t the answer’ for Conte.
He explained: “Emerson Royal, for me, isn’t the answer. I’ve watched him throughout the season, and he’s really struggled.
“We’re starting to see the best of Doherty but it’s about showing the manager that he’s capable of playing there long-term.”
The Verdict: Time to pull it back?
Still young and revered for his physicality/fitness levels, we believe there is still time for Royal to make a name for himself at Spurs.
There is untapped potential for him to become a hero in north London but time will tell whether Conte has the patience to develop the other parts of his game.
In other news: Offer tabled: Tottenham make pre-summer move as they chase ‘massive’ signing for Conte, find out more here.
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