In a recent report from Football.London, it was mentioned that Tottenham Hotspur have identified Pedro Porro of Sporting CP as a decent replacement for Emerson Royal. It is understood that Spurs are looking for potential offers for the Brazilian right-back. The Lilywhites will probably have to pay Porro’s release clause set at £39 million in order to beat their rivals in acquiring his signature in the January transfer window, should they decide to replace Royal in the backline.
Porro’s Campaign At Sporting This Season
The Spanish right-back has had a brilliant start to this campaign after producing a few influential displays on the field. He has done well defensively and has also been productive in the final third picking up five assists over 15 appearances for the Portuguese outfit this season across multiple competitions.
The Don-Benito-born talent has been consistent and reliable in the right flank after averaging 1.4 tackles, 0.7 interceptions, 0.9 clearances, 2.8 shots, 2.2 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game in the Liga Portugal. He has also been tidy with his ball distribution after completing 76.6% of his attempted passes in the Portuguese top flight (stats via whoscored).
Should Conte Bring Him To Tottenham Hotspur?
Porro is a solid player at the backline; he can clear his lines when he senses danger from the opposition and has the ability to get past the opposition’s defence. Furthermore, he excels at dribbling the ball at his feet and remains proficient in playing his way out from the back.
The 23-year-old has also got the vision to find his teammates inside the penalty box and delivers the ball accurately from the wide areas. He would be a brilliant addition to the North London club as he could bring more quality to the right flank which has been a problem area for the Lilywhites recently.
It would be wise of Antonio Conte to look at potential offers for Emerson Royal and sell him for a decent fee in order to raise more funds for the transfer budget. It goes without saying that Tottenham will need to prioritise acquiring Porro’s services in the January transfer window once Royal’s exit has been sanctioned.