Recent reports have it that Tottenham right-back Emerson Royal is ‘open’ to leaving north London despite only joining the club last summer.
Signed for an estimated fee of around £22million from Barcelona, the 23-year-old has so far failed to deliver in a Spurs shirt and has been out of the starting XI in the last three games of the club in all competitions. , with former Wolves star Matt Doherty instead.
In Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system, the two full-backs are heavily relied upon to provide natural width, operate in forward positions and deliver consistent quality in the final third.
Emerson, however, gave no sort of reliability higher up the pitch, while showing far too many lapses in focus in the defensive third.
Spurs are increasingly expected to look to strengthen within that department this summer, so it’s no big surprise to see Spanish publication Marca report that the Brazilian is considering leaving Tottenham and is considering to join Atletico Madrid.
Manager Diego Simeone’s interest in the player is nothing new as he was fond of Emerson during his days at Real Betis, so perhaps there could be some substance to a potential deal in the upcoming window.
Inter Milan are also cited as another club who have contacted the player’s camp, but Emerson reportedly prefers a return to Spain.
It will be interesting to see what happens at Spurs this summer and given that Conte has previously reiterated that he is unconvinced by the current squad, it is expected that if he is to stay at the club, significant funds will be made. available to the Italian tactician.