Emerson Royal has already shown Antonio Conte why he is perfect for his Tottenham plans

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Emerson Royal has revealed that he does have experience playing as a wing-back, which will please his new boss Antonio Conte.

The Italian was appointed as the new Spurs manager a week ago, just a day after Nuno Espirito Santo’s dismissal, after a four-month spell.

Under the Portuguese head coach, Royal played in the right-back position in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation and has already made 12 appearances for the Lilywhites this season.

The Brazilian arrived in the capital during the summer transfer window from Barcelona and quickly found himself as a regular in the starting XI, ahead of Matt Doherty and Japhet Tanganga.

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Shortly after arriving in north London, the 22-year-old spoke with fellow Brazilian, Lucas Moura about his move to the Lilywhites and who he had been in touch with before his move.

After the defender’s arrival, Lucas said his next step was to learn English, which Royal agreed with.

“I like to communicate in training, talk about positioning, that kind of thing. But it is difficult, when I arrived in Spain that happened too,” Royal said.

“When I arrived I couldn’t speak, but little by little I began to understand some things. I just need to study, my friend! Soon I will also be speaking English.

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Soon after the Brazilian’s arrival, Espirito Santo was pleased with his start but the language barrier was a key thing to be improved.

“He has settled in well, he has to improve his English. He only hangs around with Lucas [Moura, fellow Brazilian] at this moment, which is normal, but he has settled in well,” the Portuguese head coach said.



Lucas Moura and Emerson Royal spoke about the latter's career before his move to Tottenham.
Lucas Moura and Emerson Royal spoke about the latter’s career before his move to Tottenham.

Royal explained that leaving Brazil was difficult because of the change in language, food and culture but being with his family helped him adapt and Moura then asked about his previous footballing career.

“I’ve played in other positions too. I’ve played as a midfielder and a right winger,” the 22-year-old admitted when the winger asked if he had always been a right-back.

“We played with two full-backs. A more withdrawn full-back and me, to do more deep-lying moves.

“I arrived at Sao Paulo as a midfielder and then I became a full-back there,” he added.

This will be very pleasing for Conte as it is where he has placed Royal in his 3-4-3 set-up he has opted for in his first two matches in charge.

Just a matter of weeks after his arrival at Hotspur Way, the 29-year-old had noticed the defender’s “wide stride” and hard work “back and forth” in training.

“While I have breath, I need to go back and forth!” Royal said.

This has already been seen under the Italian and the Brazilian had one of only a few chances in the 0-0 draw against Everton on Sunday, with another came form his fellow defender Sergio Reguilon.

Both wing-backs have been trying to give Spurs more of an attacking flare and cross balls into the box for the likes of Harry Kane to be on the end of and Royal has already made 21 crosses in his eight Premier League appearances.

Whilst the Spaniard is yet to find peak form so far this season, the 22-year-old has already shown glimpses of his quality under Conte and has been working hard down the right flank.

The chat between the Brazilians was first on the Tottenham website but was shown once again on the Spurs Twitch channel after Moura had visited the N17 Arena this week.

The duo ended by revealing their goal at the north London club, which is a feeling shared by everyone at Tottenham.

Lucas said, “May we be happy and bring a title,” to which Royal replied, “Of course, that is our goal!”

The defender is currently on international duty with Brazil, whilst Moura remains at Hotspur Way to continue working with Conte and the other nine players who remain in the capital.

Source by Football London

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