Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Cristian Stellini has opened up on the struggles of Emerson Royal.
The 24-year-old arrived with a lot of expectations from the Spanish club Barcelona but he has not been able to impress on a consistent basis.
However, the Brazilian has put in some important performances for his side especially against Manchester City earlier this month.
Stellini has now revealed that the Brazilian has struggled because of the cultural differences between Europe and South America. Stellini believes that Emerson has to feel loved in order to be confident on the pitch. Furthermore, he urged the Brazilian to continue playing with high intensity and not overthink during games.
Stellini believes that Emerson has struggled when he thinks too much.
He said to Football London: “Emerson is a Brazilian player. We have different cultures from Europe and South America. Emerson needed time to understand the difference in the culture of football, but at the same time, he has to be himself.
“He has to show who he is. Sometimes this type of player loses confidence if he doesn’t feel love around him. We don’t have to stop to give him this, but let him understand the difference in the type of football.
“When his pace and his intensity is really high, he can enjoy. When he thinks too much, he’s not the same player. So we have to follow this aspect, to feel Emerson every time being involved in the game.”
Tottenham signed Pedro Porro from Sporting CP during the January transfer window and the Spaniard is expected to be the first choice right back at the club.
His arrival will certainly motivate Emerson to prove his quality and force his way into Antonio Conte’s starting lineup. It remains to be seen whether the Brazilian can improve in the coming weeks and push Porro for a place in the starting lineup.
Emerson certainly has the quality to thrive at a top club like Tottenham, and it remains to be seen how he performs during the second half of the season.
He will have to work hard in order to get a consistent run of games ahead of Porro in the coming months.