Emerson Royal: 5 facts about Spurs transfer deadline day signing
Spurs brought in a new right-back on transfer deadline day as they signed Emerson Royal from Barcelona.
Tottenham had been linked with the Brazilian right-back for a number of weeks.
Speculation linking Spurs and Emerson intensified in the last few days, and on Tuesday it became a done deal.
The 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal at Tottenham, and will wear the No. 12 shirt.
According to BBC Sport, Spurs paid Barca 30m euro – around £26m – for Emerson’s signature.
Here are five facts about the player you might not have known about the player.
How Spurs newcomer Emerson got his nickname
The Spurs newcomer’s full name is Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza.
But in 2019-20, he started using a nickname given to him by his aunt when he was a child.
As per Barcelona’s official website, the name came from a character used by the Royal brand in a jelly commercial, who had a huge mouth.
As Emerson cried so much as a baby, and opened his mouth so wide when crying, he got the nickname Royal after the advert.
Emerson represented three of Brazil’s top teams as a youngster
Emerson played for seven different youth teams when he was a youngster, including three of Brazil’s leading clubs.
These were Palmeiras (10 Serie A titles), Sao Paulo (six Serie A titles, three Copa Libertadores) and Gremio (two Serie A titles and three Copa Libertadores).
Emerson eventually came through the ranks and made his first-team breakthrough at Ponte Preta in 2016.
Emerson began as a striker
As per the Barca website, Emerson began his football journey as a striker.
When he was 11, his coach moved him to defensive midfield.
And later on, the coach had no natural full-backs, so Emerson was moved to that position, where he has played ever since.
Emerson was unveiled as a Barca player 29 days before joining Spurs
Emerson arrived in La Liga in 2018 from Atletico Mineiro.
As part of a joint deal between Barca and Real Betis, the 22-year-old would play for the latter club first, for two seasons.
The Blaugrana held the option of buying him outright for €6million (around £5.2million) in 2021, which they took up.
Barca unveiled Emerson as a Blaugrana player on August 2.
Indeed, Laporta said he was “sure” that the player would “achieve a lot of success here and have a good time”.
But he made just three appearances in red-and-blue before subsequently changing clubs again.
Emerson’s Brazil debut came against Son Heung-min’s South Korea
Emerson has won two caps for Brazil, and his debut came in the 3-0 friendly win over South Korea in November 2019.
The Selecao and the Taeguk Warriors faced off in Abu Dhabi.
Lucas Paqueta, Philippe Coutinho and Danilo got the goals for the five-time champions.
Son Heung-min played the full 90 minutes for the 2002 World Cup semi-finalists, while Emerson came on in the 88th minute.