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Tottenham: Alasdair Gold on the awkward situation involving Emerson Royal

Tottenham: Alasdair Gold on the awkward situation involving Emerson Royal -Podcasts

Alasdair Gold believes Tottenham Hotspur are in an awkward situation with Emerson Royal with the defender loving life at Spurs despite being offered to Sporting Lisbon.

The Lowdown: Players have to go out

Despite Antonio Conte claiming that he needed signings and several transfer windows to improve this Tottenham team, he will also have to sanction some first-team players to head out the exit door.

This is because their squad is extremely bloated and lopsided in certain positions such as right wing-back with four players already being able to play in that position, while Conte still wants to sign another one.

Emerson, who was signed for £25.8 million under Nuno Espirito Santo doesn’t appear to have the cutting edge in the final third that Conte craves from his wing backs with just two assists since the start of last season, so it’s no surprise he’s been touted as a potential makeweight in potential January deals.

The Latest: Emerson not in a rush to leave Spurs

While many may want Emerson to leave due to his lack of attacking ability, Gold has admitted on his YouTube channel that the full-back is loving his life in north London, which is leaving Tottenham in an awkward position this month.

He said: (55:40) “Convincing a regularly playing and very happy Emerson that he needs to move on when he’s loving life in London, I think he lives with friends and I think his girlfriend as well, he’s having the time of his life, why would he want to give that up?

“You could say his recent display [against Fulham] is maybe a shop window one as well it puts him out there and those interested parties in Italy and Spain may be looking at it going okay, definitely we can see there’s a player there we want.

“Do you get him out the door? It’s a really awkward situation. There is a part of me that’s starting to wonder because Matt Doherty has stated quite clearly that he doesn’t want to leave Spurs this season and from Spurs, there didn’t seem to be much interest in letting him go this January.

“But I do wonder in this final week if we get to a point where Porro does become more likely than not and Emerson isn’t going to leave, do Spurs and Conte start to think maybe we  say to Matt Doherty you’re not going to play.”

The Verdict: Spurs must be busy these last few days

While talk of Djed Spence has been mooted recently by Alasdair Gold, he wasn’t even getting minutes which would mean that a first-team player that had been playing often would still need to be shipped off.

Conte can’t have an extremely bloated squad as it will likely only frustrate Daniel Levy to see players getting paid likely hefty wages and then just sitting on the sidelines twiddling their thumbs most games.

However, from Conte’s point of view he would surely want to have someone through the door, as they now do with Arnaut Danjuma, and then let players go come the end of the window instead of doing it the other way around in case new signings fail medicals or get a change of heart for some reason.

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