By Paul Robinson

23rd Nov, 2022 | 5:01am

Tottenham news: Pundit issues 'big' Cristian Romero injury claim after development

Paul Robinson has claimed Cristian Romero was dearly missed by Tottenham prior to the World Cup break.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said the 24-year-old’s injury absence was “a big factor” behind Tottenham’s defensive struggles.

Romero missed a month of football for Spurs prior to the World Cup because of a hamstring problem.

The centre-half was absent for five games because of the injury.

In those fixtures, Antonio Conte’s side failed to keep a clean sheet and conceded 11 goals.

On Tuesday (22 November), Romero made his return from injury as Argentina slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their opening fixture of the World Cup.

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When asked by Football Insider if Romero’s absence cost Spurs in November, Robinson said: “It’s a huge factor.

“Eric Dier was exposed when playing on that side next to Emerson Royal. He is a lot better in the middle of the three.

“They really missed Romero. It is good that he is fit for the World Cup. Hopefully he comes back from the World Cup unscathed and ready to play for Spurs.

“Dier isn’t as good as a right centre-back and Davinson Sanchez is not quite at the level needed.

“They have conceded far too many chances down that right-hand side of late. Romero’s absence is probably the main reason for that.”

In other news, a pundit has told Tottenham to complete the signing of the ‘perfect’ replacement for Emerson Royal after update from Italy.