Tottenham Hotspur completed the signing of Pedro Porro from Sporting CP on deadline day and club director Fabio Paratici has now heaped praise on the 23-year-old.
Spurs were desperate to sign the Spanish defender last month and they eventually managed to get the deal across the line.
They were in talks with Sporting since the start of the month but at one point it seemed like the deal would collapse.
Despite securing an agreement with Sporting, the Portuguese outfit backed out and refused to accept Tottenham’s payment terms. Apparently, there were looking for the player’s release clause to be paid upfront.
However, Tottenham has managed to revive the transfer late on in the window and structure the payments according to their convenience as well.
The right-back area has been a major concern for Antonio Conte this season with the likes of Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty dropping underwhelming performances on a weekly basis.
Paratici was expected to bring in an upgrade and Porro should prove to be an excellent acquisition.
The 23-year-old has been in fine form scoring 3 goals and picking up 11 assists across all competitions. The Spaniard has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League and he should prove to be an upgrade on Spurs’ current options.
Paratici has explained that the 23-year-old Spaniard has a lot of quality and he has different skills compared to the players already at the club. It will be interesting to see if Porro can hit the ground running and improve Tottenham on the pitch now.
He told Spurs’ official website: “Pedro Porro, first of all, he is an international player who in the last two or three seasons played in European competition, played national team for Spain, so he is a player that has different skills that we didn’t have before.
“He has a lot of quality, he is explosive so we are very, very happy and excited to sign him. We were following him even in the last summer but we couldn’t buy him so we followed and then were lucky that he played against us so we could see him.
“He played very well against us so we continued to follow and I’m thankful to everyone in this club that worked hard about (making) this signing happen. It’s really, really appreciated, the effort of the club and Daniel (Levy) and all the staff that worked hard to get Porro done.”