Expert salutes Emerson Royal as £1m Tottenham payout details emerge
Emerson Royal deserves credit for spending close to £1million in order to raise his game at Tottenham.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Emerson, 23, had a so-so first season as Spurs following his £25million move from Barcelona.
There were reports in the summer that the Brazilian, who is naturally a full-back, could exit the club as he had failed to hit the level required of a wing-back in Antonio Conte’s famously high-intensity system.
Emerson has started all but one of Spurs’ league matches in 2022-23, but he will miss the next three after a contentious red card in the 3-1 defeat to North London rivals Arsenal last Saturday (1 October).
The Sun reported just two days earlier (29 September) that Emerson had spent over £800,000 on new equipment and services to help optimise his performance.
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He is understood to have purchased a hyperbaric oxygen recovery chamber and has been working with a dedicated neuroscientist.
It is also claimed that he commissioned a personal scouting report on Paris Saint-Germain wing-back Achraf Hakimi, who flourished under Conte at Inter Milan.
Dinnery saluted the defender for his commitment.
“It reflects very well on the player,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“He has had a bit of an indifferent start to his Spurs career.
“When you look at the strength and depth Conte likes to have in the wing-back positions, he has taken a step back and looked at which changes to his game and lifestyle could he have improved.
“Everything is born around optimising performance. Everything you can do to enhance that, you’re going to do.
“Up until that North London derby, he had a relatively good start to the season with a lot of minutes under his belt. I think the red was harsh. On another day, it would have been a yellow.
“But ultimately, players are only at the clubs for a small portion of their time. The remainder is about your rest and recovery as well as how you look after yourself.
“You need to be in the right condition for both training sessions and game days.”