The Lowdown: Emerson Royal not an attacking threat
In a recent report by The Athletic, it has been claimed that Spurs have made an attacking right wing-back a priority in the January transfer window.
Emerson Royal was able to secure himself the right-back position under previous manager Nuno Espirito Santo and it seems he will continue to be utilised under new boss Antonio Conte, having played in all three games that he’s been available to the Italian for. The Brazilian full-back has been noted for his phenomenal defensive qualities, illustrated by his tackles stats; he leads Spurs with 3.8 tackles per game.
However, the 22-year-old does not offer the attacking threat seen in many current full-back’s games. For example, he has produced just one assist in 17 matches for Tottenham, whilst left-back teammate Sergio Reguilon has made nine assists in 55 appearances for the club.
The Latest: Spurs will not go in for Trippier, says Phillips
With Conte’s attacking style of football relying on the full-backs to constantly push forward, Tottenham may well pursue a more attacking right-back in the January window, to fit this system.
However, according to former European Golden Shoe winner Kevin Phillips (via Football Insider), Spurs will not look to re-sign Trippier, despite his attacking threat fitting the proposed bill.
“I think he’ll look somewhere else.
“Will he come back and perform the way he did when he was there before? I don’t see it.
“They will probably look for a player with age on his side. Who that is, I don’t know.
“But they will be scouring the world for an attacking right-back that you can get four or five seasons out of.
“That would be better for them than going after Trippier.”
The Verdict: Spurs to look elsewhere
Trippier’s attacking threat has always been the main aspect of his game. England manager Gareth Southgate has described his quality in this position as ‘outstanding’, as he claims his ‘great delivery’ is ‘very important’ as a full-back.
However, despite providing Atletico with six assists in 28 appearances last season, Trippier has registered just one assist in the 2021/22 LaLiga campaign. This could suggest the start of a decline for the player, who is now 31-years-old.
Tottenham should be looking for a full-back who they can mould into a more long-term proposition, just like Emerson, who is only 22-years-old.
Boasting two young and quality full-backs on each flank – with Reguilon and Ryan Sessegnon on the other side – would be massive for Conte’s squad depth in the future.
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