Tom Allnutt reports that Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou does not appear to view Tottenham Hotspur defender Emerson Royal as a long-term solution.
Speaking on The Tottenham Way, the Times journalist asserts that Emerson can only remain at Spurs if he agrees to be a backup.
Although Emerson is a right back by trade, Ange Postecoglou, the manager of Tottenham, has recently started to use him as a center back.
The 24-year-old has started every club game at center back this year.
Prior to playing centrally in Tottenham’s last two games, he participated in a May game there against Aston Villa.
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Before the Spurs’ recent crisis of defensive injuries, Emerson was having trouble getting into the game.
Even though he’s currently starting for Tottenham, it’s unclear if that will continue when their injury crisis passes.
Allnutt speculated that Emerson might not be at N17 for very long when he spoke on The Tottenham Way.
“You’re right, Emerson is playing out of position, and it’s easy to dismiss all the injuries they have,” Allnutt remarked.
Emerson does occasionally appear to be uncomfortable, but that is to be expected—it’s just not his role.
“Unless he’s content to be a backup, he doesn’t seem like someone who is here for the long run under Postecoglou,” the author said.
Emerson Royal’s future at Tottenham Hotspur appears to be uncertain.
Despite having played for Spurs for almost a century, Emerson has regrettably not had much of an impact and is still criticized.
Postecoglou will probably keep Admittely on the field until the end of the season, but he deserves some sympathy for his performance against Manchester City away—possibly the hardest match in English football. The £26 million man played out of position.
Beyond that, though, you have to wonder if both sides will decide to split up come summer unless Emerson shows a significant improvement and keeps getting playing time (particularly at right-back).