Cristian Romero: The immoveable force in the Tottenham backline
There is a reason why Cristian Romero is so highly rated. The Argentinian World Cup winner is easily one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and the world at the moment.
Romero has always been superb for Tottenham ever since he made the move to North London. Until last season, he did not have too much in terms of support, but things have changed.
Ange Postecoglou at the beginning of this season decided to appoint Cristian Romero as the vice-captain along with James Maddison. This was in the aftermath of Harry Kane leaving the club and Hugo Lloris being sidelined after falling out of favour.
With more freedom comes more responsibility
It would not be an overstatement to say that Postecoglou liberated Tottenham once he took over at the North London club. One of the biggest beneficiaries is Cristian Romero.
The 25-year-old centre-back becoming the vice-captain meant that Romero became more mature. He stopped being reckless in challenges and started putting in more solid performances.
This was until the game against Chelsea where the old Romero seemed to surface. He was sent off for a horrendous tackle on Enzo Fernandez. Tottenham went on to lose that game and the subsequent one. It would have helped him realize that he had to be more levelheaded.
Real Madrid come calling; can Romero resist the lure?
According to Spanish publication Fichajes, Real Madrid are interested in signing Cristian Romero. Los Blancos want to identify a long-term replacement to David Alaba and Nacho.
Eder Militao is missing out on the entire season with an ACL injury. Generally, no one knows how a player will return from such a serious injury. All this points to Real dipping into the market for a defender.
Usually, when Barcelona or Real Madrid come calling, players find it very difficult to turn the chance down. This would definitely worry Tottenham.
Spurs will be hoping that Cristian Romero can resist the lure to leave Tottenham and join Real Madrid. It will not be easy but let’s hope our vice-captain can believe in our project and choose to stay here.
A successful retention of Romero could signal a new era of resilience and ambition for Spurs, while his departure might reinforce a narrative of a club struggling to break into the upper echelons of European football. Only time will tell us which side of the line we fall on.