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Ian Wright says Spurs win saw one of Emerson Royal's best games
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Ian Wright says Spurs win saw one of Emerson Royal's best games

Ian Wright has told Wrighty’s House that Emerson Royal had one of his best games for Tottenham Hotspur after Spurs opened their Premier League season with an emphatic win on Saturday.

Antonio Conte’s men sit top of the table after a 4-1 victory over Southampton in North London. And a number of players shone in the curtain-raiser.

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Ryan Sessegnon and Eric Dier got on the scoresheet. Meanwhile, Dejan Kulusevski was outstanding once again. But they were not the only players to impress by any means.

Conte may have surprised some ahead of the game by starting Emerson at right wing-back. Matt Doherty appeared to be first-choice in the latter stages of pre-season. Meanwhile, Djed Spence became the club’s sixth signing of the window.

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Conte even tried Lucas Moura in the role in the summer. But it was Emerson who got the nod against the Saints. And the 23-year-old took full advantage of the opportunity.

It was not a flawless performance from Emerson. But it was undoubtedly a step in the right direction. And Wright praised him as he suggested that Tottenham need more of a presence in the middle of the park.

“I think that was one of Emerson Royal’s best games,” he told Wrighty’s House. “He looks like he’s livened himself up as well because for me, Tottenham with their goalscoring prowess, and what they can do, I still believe that some midfield creativity is what they need because they don’t control games, it has to go out wide.”

One of Emerson Royal’s best games for Tottenham

Emerson has left Tottenham with a dilemma. Obviously, Spurs will face tougher tests than the Saints this season. But he showed that he has the quality to contribute this term.

Of course, many would have expected the former Barcelona man to be sold by now. Reports in the summer claimed that Conte had decided to let him go.

But he has staked a claim to keep his place. And with that, Conte faces a tough decision over what he does with the three players vying for the right wing-back role.

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