Sportsmail gives the lowdown on the big signing and asks whether Tottenham are getting the next Dani Alves, or just someone Barca were happy to cash-in on.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Emerson Royal is at Tottenham after leaving Barcelona in a £25.7million deal; he was only unveiled by Barca as a new signing in early August (right) but has been sold already
Expectations seem quite low among many Tottenham fans... shouldn't they be a bit more excited about buying a Barca right back?
Well, Barca right backs are not what they used to be, and he had only played one game for them. But were Barcelona not in such a bad way financially they would have kept hold of him. He has rough edges but in the last two seasons only Jordi Alba, Jesus Navas and Kieran Trippier have provided more assists. He's raw but the potential is huge.
Royal is an exciting, attacking full-back who Barca had to sell to raise much-needed funds
Are Barca fans disappointed he's gone?
Supporters were divided over whether he was going to make the grade at the Nou Camp. The purists among them had big doubts whether he could really be a Barca right back but then they have had similar doubts over everyone who has tried the position since Dani Alves. It's true that in Emerson's only game so far this season (a narrow win over Getafe on Sunday) he wasn't great and was taken off on 63 minutes. But then no one played well and in a chaotic summer he has hardly had time to settle in under Ronald Koeman.
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Emerson (left) looks dejected during a chastening day against Getafe last Sunday
Barcelona had owned him for two years, so why was Sunday his debut?
Barca and Real Betis bought him together in 2019 from Atletico Mineiro and the deal was that he played for two years with Betis