By Paul Robinson

21st Nov, 2022 | 7:17am

Tottenham idol 'cannot understand' Antonio Conte after latest update on Djed Spence

Paul Robinson “cannot understand” why Tottenham manager Antonio Conte plays Emerson Royal on a regular basis.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one suggested Conte’s faith in the 23-year-old says a lot about Matt Doherty and Djed Spence.

Emerson has been the first-choice right wing-back for Spurs in the 2022-23 campaign. 

Football.London’s Alsadair Gold has revealed (18 November) Antonio Conte will use the World Cup break to run the rule over summer signing Djed Spence.

Spence, 22, has barely featured since arriving from Middlesborough in the summer.

A loan exit could be on the cards if the England under-21 international cannot surpass Emerson or Matt Doherty in the pecking order by January.

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When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Emerson’s form this season, Robinson said: “I cannot understand why Emerson Royal is still playing.

“Conte’s system relies heavily on the wing-backs to produce at both ends of the pitch.

“Why does he play Emerson Royal every week? Conte obviously does not think much of his other options.

“Emerson’s performances have been effecting Eric Dier. Dier has been far from his best in the last two or three games.

“He was playing on the right-hand side of the three. Playing in that position behind Emerson Royal he has not looked the same. The unpredictability of Emerson Royal has weakened Dier. He has been exposed.”

In other news, a source has revealed Tottenham expect to complete a deal for midfielder’s transfer next year after £30million reveal.