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Video Analysis: Just how bad was Emerson Royal vs Watford?
By Harry Hotspur -

Fan reactions on social media to player performances are routinely uninformed, hysterical affairs. In the main, one tends to get extreme white noise from people who don’t know much about football but quite enjoy shouting.

Emerson’s crossing was indeed hot and cold. The Brazilian’s 10 failed attempts obviously outnumbered his 7 accurate balls in, however, one cannot then decide to strike a line through the 4 key passes the 22-year-old did make.

For context – in respect of crossing – Emerson’s success rate was 41%. Reggie’s was 20%.

Emerson gave the ball away a dozen times in the Watford half, and I would have to say that, add to his hesitancy at taking on opponents, we have a wing-back that isn’t what one might call a natural.

Perhaps the kindest comment we can make is that Royal was cheap. Whilst Tottenham paid Barcelona some €25million, this was only a few months after Barca paid Real Betis just €9million for the boy.

In conclusion, Emerson was hit-and-miss, but by the same token, one tends to get what one pays for in this life.

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To dare is to Do
To dare is to Do
15 days ago

Another 25M player that can’t cross to save his life. I wonder how we went for this and missed out on the Japanese guy.

Paddio
Paddio
16 days ago

Sissoko lite

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
17 days ago

I wonder will Conte take a look at Bergwjin at RWB…

at large
at large
17 days ago

Look at guys Conte has played at wingback in recent years- Alonzo/Moses, Ashley Young/Perisic/Candreva and then of course Hakimi. Except Hakimi, who is the most expensive RB in the world, these guys are all experienced wingers. Look for Conte to bring in some players like this asap as it’s the key to his teams’ attack. My choice is Marcelo.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
17 days ago

The worrying factor for me was that this was a Paratici transfer. Or did he want somebody else and Levy intervened? Either way we’ve got to stop this buying potential nonsense because it achieves nothing and fritters away our transfer funds.

Dino
Dino
16 days ago

In fairness his fee will be largely negated by his wages…however it still looks as though Arsenal got a better deal with the Japanese guy we were linked with but pulled out last minute

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
17 days ago

Just watched the videos and they’re shocking. Watford had so little fear of Emerson’s crosses they couldn’t even be bothered to close him down.

James McKevitt.
James McKevitt.
17 days ago

The standard for fullbacks is Robertson and Trent Alexander and our full backs are miles off.

The Watford defence had no fear of Emerson and were happy to give him time and space on the ball. Other teams will do the same.

Giving the ball away twelve times in the opposition half will have other teams licking their lips. Big improvement needed from Emerson.

Sonificent
Sonificent
17 days ago

It’s incredible with the amount we waste on recruitment personnel that we consistently sign players without the basic physical attributes to flourish in the PL such as NBelly, GLC and Emerson.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
17 days ago

Or Rose and Walker back in the good old days. Levy cashed in on Walker and never really replaced him. Trippier was good but like most Spurs players overplayed due to lack of backup. Since then Levy has bought cheap every time and they’ve flopped.

Sonificent
Sonificent
17 days ago

Walker and Rose also had pace to trouble anyone at their best. Created space for others whereas Emerson can’t take anyone on

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
16 days ago
Reply to  Sonificent

He beats himself sometimes and has the pace of a crocked tortoise. Bring back Aurier at least he looked like a wing back, could cross and score, unfortunately he made mistakes, but so does Dier yet he’s nailed on to start every game?

Sonificent
Sonificent
16 days ago

Dier must have incriminating pictures of Levy. I can offer no other explanation for his continued presence.

England Mike
England Mike
17 days ago

What happened to wingers, those players who’s natural ability included pinpoint delivery into the box for strikers, it’s a dying art along with FB’s who could defend first and attack second. Our WB’s are ordinary including Reg who is becoming a disappointment imo.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
17 days ago

Reggie has always impressed me most cutting inside – but I wonder if Conte is more strict with ‘you stay wide, you cross’

at large
at large
17 days ago

How about bringing in someone like Marcelo- an established wingback that can teach these guys how to cross the ball?

East Stand
East Stand
17 days ago

Emerson was afforded a lot more space than Reggie, from what I’ve seen of Royal he looked decent with scope to improve but the standard of the crosses has to be far better. We used to say this about Walker and then Tripper, I’d say on average 50% of their crosses were very good but there’s more to the role than just that. But it seems Conte sets his teams up to take a lot of defensive burden off his wingbacks. Therefore if the delivery of the ball from those positions is poor you’re going up a dead end.

Last edited 17 days ago by Easty
Tellie the Truth
Tellie the Truth
17 days ago

It would be nice to have players who have 2feet.We have some of the poorest wing backs
Compare them to Brighton Cuckerela is a sensational player. Lampty no end product at present but punches holes in defences
Wingbacks are the most important players in modern football,ask Liverpool

England Mike
England Mike
17 days ago

Agree, very impressed with Brighton and Potter, so watchable.

Glory Costs Too Much
Glory Costs Too Much
16 days ago

Especially under the Conte system. We need 2 new wing backs, a class CB, a playmaker and a striker. Not much then!

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