Tottenham Hotspur crashed to a 4-1 defeat against Leicester City in the Premier League on Friday and debutant Pedro Porro had a difficult outing against the Foxes.
Antonio Conte decided to hand the 23-year-old his first Premier League start against Leicester and the Spaniard struggled with the intensity of the game.
Popular pundit and former Tottenham player Jamie O’Hara has now questioned Antonio Conte’s decision to hand Porro his first start against Leicester, especially after the outstanding display from Emerson Royal against Manchester City.
Spurs picked up a 1-0 win over Manchester City prior to the defeat against Leicester and Royal put on an exceptional performance for the London club.
O’Hara believes that the Brazilian should have been rewarded with another start against Leicester and he will feel disappointed to have missed out on the starting berth despite performing at a high level.
“I was surprised that Royal didn’t play. I’m one who’s dug out Emerson. He was brilliant against Man City. How do you think he feels today? He’s put in his best performance in a Tottenham shirt against Jack Grealish last week and then he’s out the team,” he told talkSPORT.
“That, for me, if you talk about harmony within a squad, if you’re going to drop a player who’s played his best game in the shirt, he’s going to say: ‘hold on a minute, what’s going on here?’”.
Royal did exceptionally well against Jack Grealish in the game against Manchester City and he is full of confidence and belief right now.
There is no doubt that Pedro Porro was signed to be the first choice right back at the club but the Spaniard needs to be eased into the side. The 23-year-old will need some time to adapt to the intensity of the English game and Royal would have been a better choice on Saturday.
The defeat to Leicester will have come as a major blow to Tottenham’s top-four hopes and it remains to be seen whether the Londoners can bounce back strongly in their next outing.
Tottenham cannot afford to miss out on Champions League qualification as it would be a devastating blow to the club’s finances.
Furthermore, there would be a risk of losing key players like Harry Kane without the lure of Champions League football.