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Report: Tottenham ready to sell £25m player in January who Antonio Conte has constantly started this season
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Report: Tottenham ready to sell £25m player in January who Antonio Conte has constantly started this season

90 Min reports that Tottenham Hotspur are now ready to sell Emerson Royal in January, despite the fact Antonio Conte has constantly started the player this season. 

Royal made the £25 million switch to north London from Barcelona last summer and has mainly been Conte’s favoured choice at right wing-back. 

The Brazilian has already made 17 appearances this season and has only missed three games, which was due to him being suspended after his red card against Arsenal. 

Despite seemingly being Tottenham’s first-choice right wing-back this season, Conte could be aiming to upgrade his options for the position in January. 

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Tottenham ready to sell Emerson 

90 Min reports that Spurs are ready to overhaul their options at right wing-back during the upcoming window. 

Spence is expected to be allowed to leave on loan to gain some valuable first-team experience. 

And the club are happy to sell one of either Matt Doherty or Royal as they aim to upgrade the quality in the wing-back areas. 

Emerson has had a mixed season so far and just doesn’t seem to be suited to the wing-back role at Spurs. 

The 23-year-old is a natural full-back and has clear weaknesses in terms of his attacking abilities. 

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Conte’s system relies heavily on quality from the wide areas and neither Doherty or Emerson are providing this at the moment. 

Spence got 25 minutes under his belt during Tottenham’s 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest last night. 

The youngster showed some promise with his direct running and could have got on the scoresheet towards the end of the game. But it seems that Conte feels he isn’t quite ready to make the step-up to Premier League football right now. 

Spurs seem to be crying out for a top-class right wing-back and it was surprising to see them keep hold of both Royal and Doherty over the summer. 

One of the pair will have to move on if Conte wants to upgrade his options in the position. While Emerson is seven years younger than Doherty, the Irishman seems far better suited to playing in the wing-back role. 

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