By Noel Whelan

7th Nov, 2021 | 4:30pm

Romero lambasted by pundit for letting Conte down at Tottenham

Cristian Romero “should have known better” after being sent off for Tottenham against Vitesse Arnhem, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 23-year-old may have been “trying too hard” to impress new Spurs boss Antonio Conte.

Romero was dismissed just before the hour mark in the 3-2 win after picking up two yellow cards.

Spurs managed to hold on for the win after the Dutch side received two red cards of their own.

Whelan insisted eight-cap Argentina international Romero “should have been able to manage the game better” considering his “pedigree”.

“When you’re in that tough position in a game, you have to be professional about it to get through the job,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

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“It was a reckless decision from him. When you’ve got someone of that pedigree and international stature, they should know better and be able to manage the game better.

“Especially when you’re playing under the new manager, you want to show that character to tell him that you can handle those pressurised games.

“Maybe he was trying too hard, that’s the only back-up I can give him – you could see that everyone was trying their best out there. Sometimes you can just go that little bit too far, and I think that’s what happened.”

Conte was taking charge of his first game as Spurs boss after joining the club earlier this week.

Romero signed for Tottenham this summer on an initial loan ahead of a permanent move next year.

In other news, a pundit has predicted a ‘big change’ at Tottenham after source’s Conte reveal from Hotspur Way.