Emerson Royal’s time at Tottenham Hotspur has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. The 24-year-old Brazilian right-back joined the North London club in 2021 from La Liga giants Barcelona in a deal worth around €25 million.
However, Emerson Royal has struggled to live up to his price tag, with his attacking numbers leaving much to be desired.
This week, Emerson’s agent revealed that his client could soon depart Tottenham. In an interview, the agent said, “There is a good chance Emerson will leave Tottenham. We believe it’s time for him to take a bigger step and join a team fighting for titles. I think he would fit well at a giant club like Real Madrid.”
In 22 Premier League games this season, Emerson has only mustered two goals and one assist. Going forward, he averages under 0.5 key passes and zero big chances created per game.
Defensively, while Emerson Royal averages 0.5 interceptions, two tackles and 2.3 clearances per match in addition to winning 4.5 duels, his numbers still pale in comparison to other full-backs in the league.
Emerson’s European career began at Real Betis, with Barcelona co-owning 50% of his rights before buying him outright in 2021 and immediately selling him to Tottenham for €25 million.
Emerson Royal’s Agent Hints at Real Madrid Move
The right-back position is an area Real Madrid need to strengthen as Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are both over 30.
However, Los Blancos reportedly see Reece James as a viable long-term option, with Emerson’s links to the club coming only from the player’s camp.
Real Madrid have won their last four games without conceding, showing solidity in defence. Manager Carlo Ancelotti praised his side’s physicality and defensive commitment following their 2-0 La Liga victory over Celta Vigo.
With young, energetic players like Eduardo Camavinga, Fede Valverde and Vinicius Junior, Real have the vigour of a modern team.
Los Blancos next face Girona away in La Liga on April 25, trailing leaders Barcelona by nine points but with confidence building.
For Emerson Royal, whether his bumpy ride at Tottenham ends this summer remains to be seen.
His agent’s words suggest the Brazilian may be chasing greener pastures, but Spurs and other suitors will determine if the grass is truly greener on the other side.