The Lowdown: Spurs snap up Romero…
As confirmed by the club, new manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been significantly reinforced by the arrival of Romero from Atalanta as their third major summer signing.
The 23-year-old, who won the 2020/21 Serie A MVP award for best defender, enjoyed a brilliant season at the Gewiss Stadium which prompted serious interest from Spurs.
After long and drawn-out talks, Tottenham announced his signing on August 6, with Hutton now heaping praise on the club for an ambitious move.
The Latest: Hutton thrilled by Romero signing…
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Spurs defender has waxed lyrical over the signing of Romero, highlighting it as a real show of ambition from the Lilywhites and managing director Fabio Paratici.
“It’s a great display of ambition from Spurs,” Hutton explained.
“It was Paratici who brought him to Juventus from Genoa, so it’s a player he knows really well and trusts.
“It’s a big fee but he’s at an age now where he is playing at a high level as an established first-team player.
“Centre-back is an area that Spurs have been crying out to strengthen, with Alderweireld and Vertonghen departing recently.
“They need to establish a new centre-back dynamic, and that’s why they have spent the money on a very good player who is known by the backroom staff.
“I hope he can adapt to the league very quickly as there’ll be a lot of pressure on him to succeed.”
The Verdict: Huge coup…
Starting 29 Italian top-flight matches last season, Romero made more interceptions per game (3.1) than any Tottenham player did in the Premier League, whilst also winning a superior amount of aerial duels in that time (WhoScored).
These impressive numbers highlight why Spurs brought him to north London and perhaps indicate that he can fix Spurs’ long-time central defensive issues.
Hutton has every right to brand Romero’s signing as an ambitious one and Lilywhites supporters will hope that it ends up being a transformative acquisition.
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