Fabio Paratici is already having a big impact at Tottenham as he looks to make major changes to Nuno Espirito Santo’s Tottenham squad.
Missing out on the Champions League in each of the past two seasons, Spurs cannot afford to fall even further behind their top-four rivals if they want to be playing in Europe’s top competition come September 2022.
With the vast majority of Premier League clubs rather quiet in the transfer market so far, the Lilywhites have sprung into action over the past few days.
Pierluigi Gollini was the club’s first signing of the summer after joining on loan from Atalanta, with Spurs having the option to make the move permanent if they so wish.
Tottenham then confirmed their next summer arrival on Monday afternoon as Bryan Gil joined from Sevilla on a five-year deal as Erik Lamela headed in the opposite direction after eight years in N17.
Toby Alderweireld’s departure from north London was then announced 24 hours later as the centre-back signed on the dotted line for Al-Duhail in Qatar.
As a number of deals will be happening at the club between now and the transfer deadline at the end of August, all eyes will be on the players who come in through the door.
Cristian Romero is the man on the lips of all Tottenham fans at present as the club have been in advanced negotiations with Atalanta for his services.
Currently on a two-year loan deal from Juventus, the Italian side are expected to sign the centre-back a year early before selling to Spurs for a handsome profit.
Tottenham need to agree on a fee for the player with Atalanta and they will be trying to get as much money as possible for the 23-year-old given how highly rated he is in the game after three excellent years in Serie A.
Playing a key role in Argentina’s Copa America success over the summer, Romero is seen as a player who can help transform the club’s backline in their bid to challenge at the top once again.
Dubbed as the “Ronaldo of defending” by Italian football agent Furio Valcareggi, former Genoa player Claudio Onofri stated that Romero has similar trademarks to Thiago Silva after watching him on his debut against Juventus.
There is undoubtedly an excellent player there and one who can be part of Spurs’ defence for years to come if they can agree on a fee with Atalanta.
Romero has already proved that he is more than just a defender as well after registering three goals and four assists for Atalanta in 2020/21.
However, there is one side of his game that he must improve on rather quickly.
Speaking in an interview on Atalanta’s YouTube channel in November, the Argentine outlined that he must stop receiving yellow cards after picking up quite the tally in his time in Italy.
“I have to improve regarding the amount of cards I’ve received, but I think I’ll get better at this team,” he stated.
His first season at Atalanta saw him pick up 15 yellow cards in all competitions, which in fact was the same as the previous campaign during his time with Genoa.
Starting the term with four bookings from the first four games for Genoa, he ended the campaign with a red card after picking up two yellows in their 3-0 win over Hellas Verona on the final day.
The 2018/19 season also saw him earn 11 cautions in Serie A, with red cards against Udinese after two bookings and a straight red in the 4-0 loss at home to Inter Milan.
Set to be a key part of Espirito Santo’s backline if Tottenham clinch a deal for the player, the Lilywhites cannot afford to have Romero pick up as many yellow cards as it will subsequently see him sit out games in the process.
Premier League players serve a one-game ban if they receive five bookings in their team’s first 19 games, with players then missing two games if they accumulate ten yellows up to and including their 32nd league fixture of the season.
A whopping 15 yellows then equals a three-game ban.
As detailed above, Romero does have quite the habit of picking up yellow cards and that’s something he needs to put a stop to sooner rather than later.
Hopefully that will be the case at Tottenham if Paratici can work his magic and get a deal for the highly-rated player wrapped up as soon as possible.
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Source by Football London