Tottenham Hotspur would be open to selling Emerson Royal this summer out of their current crop of right wing-backs.
This has been claimed by reliable Spurs journalist Alasdair Gold, who has been speaking on his YouTube channel about the club’s hopes to offload some players in the coming weeks.
Antonio Conte now has a number of options to choose from at right wing-back ahead of the new campaign with Djed Spence the latest signing to come through the doors at Hotspur Way.
Matt Doherty has now returned from the significant injury which forced him to sit out the back end of the 2021/22 campaign after tearing his MCL.
And Lucas Moura is now a player who Conte believes could play in the right wing-back spot, leaving Emerson as the player Gold feels is most at risk of being sold this summer.
He said: “The whole Emerson side of things is really interesting. Because from everything I understand, Emerson is a very popular member of the squad, he really enjoys being at Tottenham, I don’t think he really wants to leave.
“However, I do think if the club were to get a good offer for him, I think he’d be the one out of the bunch that they’d probably sell, because you do get good money for him, and purely looking at it from a wing-back perspective, he’s the least-natural fit. ”
TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…
Conte certainly has a decision on his hands as to who starts in the opening game of the campaign at right wing-back, however, we do feel Emerson would be the right player to sell this summer.
Should Spurs sell Emerson this summer?
The Brazilian has simply not shown enough in attack since signing for Spurs, with just two goal involvements in his 44 appearances for the Lilywhites (via Transfermarkt).
What was interesting, though, is at the weekend, Conte opted to play Emerson, Moura and Spence in the right wing-back position throughout the game against Rangers, with Matt Doherty the only outfield player not to come off the bench.