Emerson Royal’s desperation to impress Antonio Conte has reportedly led to him spending nearly £1m (£800,000) on trying to improve as a Tottenham player.
The 23-year-old joined Spurs for £25 million in 2021, but he initially failed to impress Conte. The Times reported in January that the manager thought the wing-back did not ‘fit the bill‘ particularly going forward.
However, Royal has gone out of the way to improve his game. According to The Sun, the wing-back has purchased his own hyperbaric oxygen tank to help maintain his fitness levels.
He also also reportedly requested a scouting report on Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi, who thrived under Conte’s system at Inter Milan, scoring seven goals in 45 games.
In addition, he has also hired a neuroscientist to help him cope with the ‘psychological pressures of being an elite athlete’.
And while his end product is still not what Conte would like from his wing-back, no one can question his dedication and efforts to improve and perhaps it is one of the things that impressed the manager the most.
Conte recently expressed his admiration for Royal, saying that he was “really happy with” him and was impressed with his work ethic, adding that “he has improved a lot since last season.” And much of this improvement could be due to his expensive off the pitch efforts.