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BBC pundit blown away by Romero block in Tottenham clash vs Newcastle

Clinton Morrison has lauded Cristian Romero following one first-half incident during Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Newcastle United on Sunday, telling BBC Sport that his block from Joe Willock was ‘fantastic’.

Spurs were far from their best during the first-half against the Magpies. They struggled for any fluency in their play. And they were ultimately punished just before the break with Fabian Schar’s free-kick going in after some poor goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris.

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But Newcastle could have taken the lead much sooner. And they may well have done were it not for Romero coming to the rescue for Tottenham.

The Argentinian did brilliantly to deny Willock and block his attempt. And Morrison suggested that it was outstanding from the centre-back to deny the former Arsenal man.

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“Fantastic defending by Romero. He has started the game really positively,” he told BBC Sport.

“Newcastle can cause problems. They have a lot of attacking options. That was fantastic defending.”

Romero continues to prove that he has brilliant future ahead for Tottenham

Romero has really grown over the last few months. Injury prevented him from making a really immediate impact in North London. But he has been one of their better players for a number of weeks now.

His temperament can be a problem at times. But it is the fire that he plays with that arguably makes him such a superb defender, particularly in last-ditch situations such as the one involving Willock.

It is almost remarkable that he is only 23 years of age. He has the potential to improve further in the years to come.

Romero is already the talisman of the Tottenham defence. And he is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the most important players in Antonio Conte’s side.

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