Brazilian football expert Tim Vickery believes that Emerson’s career has been “a bit shaky” so far and has urged caution as he prepares to join Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs are set to complete a deal for the 22-year-old Barcelona right-back worth 30m euros, plus add ons, for the Brazilian defender.
The move means Tottenham will for now have four right-backs, with rumours circulating around whether Serge Aurier will remain in north London beyond the 11pm deadline.
Spurs have started the season well with Japhet Tanganga at right-back, winning all three of their opening games in the Premier League and kept clean sheets in all three matches while rising to the top of the early table.
Tottenham fans will be excited at the prospect of the Barcelona defender coming to North London but Vickery has urged caution.
“He’s an attacking right-back, a strapping figure in the mould of Maicon, which might not impress Tottenham fans as much,” he told Sky Sports News.
“The Royal thing is not actually his name, it’s a nickname his uncle gave to him because he thought he reminded him of a cartoon that used to sell a local brand of jelly by the name of Royal,” he added.
Vickery went on to explain that Royal’s career hasn’t been as smooth sailing as fans may have expected.
“To be fair to him, his career so far has been a little bit shaky. He was a reserve in Brazil, he played for Brazil at U20 level but not very well,” he said.
“Barcelona picked him up on promise but didn’t really use him. Couple of seasons at Betis, not a lot the first season but better the second season and he’s on the fringes of the Brazil squad where they have a problem at right-back.
“So far it’s much, much more promise than reality. Tottenham are paying a lot of money for him so it’s time now for the man named after jelly to stand up straight and put some solidity in that career.”
Tottenham fans will be hoping that a fresh start in North London can help his development, following a promising campaign at Betis and see him flourish at Spurs.
Source by Football London