Tottenham: Alasdair Gold slams Cristian Romero for shocking Champions League display
Alasdair Gold has ripped into Cristian Romero after his latest poor display and red card for Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.
The Lowdown: Spurs limp out of the Champions League
It was yet another forgetful night for Spurs as they failed to score for a third game running – with all of them coming in different competitions.
Spurs were dumped out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United last week and have now been given the same treatment in the Champions League by AC Milan, with many now calling for Antonio Conte to be sacked.
Tottenham only managed two shots on target in the game, but their hopes of advancing weren’t helped by the rash decision from Romero to lunge in on Theo Hernandez, as he was sent off for the third time in his Tottenham career.
The Latest: Romero lets down Tottenham once again
After watching on at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Gold certainly didn’t hold back when handing out his player ratings to Romero, with the Argentinian’s shocking display and decision-making not going unnoticed.
Awarding Romero a miserable 2/10, he wrote: “Picked up a booking for a mistimed challenge early in the game and then earned his second yellow for a wild late challenge with 11 minutes to go. Reckless and his third red card for the club in just a season and a half to go with the large number of yellow cards. One of those nights when he proved to be more of a liability than the top-drawer defender he can be.”
The Verdict: Maturity will be key for Romero’s development
Romero is certainly a player that plays on the edge, but if he is to become a consistent top performer for Spurs and within world football, he must bring his levels of aggression down as he simply can’t keep them in check.
It wasn’t just his sending-off that will have caught the eye for all the wrong reasons, as the Argentina international also lost possession 11 times, won zero tackles and was unsuccessful in all of his five ground duels (Sofascore).
The fact that, coupled with his poor injury record, Romero has already picked up three cards since joining Tottenham in the summer of 2021, he is far too reckless and unreliable for Conte and Spurs, and he may not be the player Spurs need in the heart of the defence moving forward.