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Barcelona completed the ‘sale of the year’ last summer according to Tottenham fans

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Emerson Royal’s stint with Tottenham Hotspur took a turn for the worse after the former Barcelona right-back was held accountable for his side’s early exit from the FA Cup. Quite rightly, the Brazilian came under heavy scrutiny, so much so that the Tottenham fans are now branding him as “an absolute tragedy”.

Back when Emerson moved to Barcelona from Real Betis, the idea was to have more competition at the right-back slot.

Ironically, with Tottenham having suspended Serge Aurier’s contract and Barcelona’s finances going south, a deal worth €30 million was established between the two, which took the right-back straight to London.

It wasn’t really a risky business for Barcelona, to say the very least. The player had failed to play the full 90 minutes even once for the team, and a profit of around €20 million from his sale would have been nothing but an added bonus.

Hence, the team management didn’t think twice and are now reaping results since Emerson hasn’t really managed to settle well in England.

The Brazilian was signed by Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham but the arrival of Antonio Conte has made life worse for the defender. But it’s not that the transition has been sudden.

The 23-year-old started 13 of the first 14 league games, but with Matt Doherty now reaching full fitness, the minutes will be far and between.

Quite rightly, his performance against Middlesbrough in the FA Cup might as well prove out to be the final roll of the dice.

Coming on as a late substitute, he went completely out of sync with his teammates in the leadup to Josh Coburn’s 107th-minute winner. And as one can expect, the Tottenham fans were quite vocal about his display, with one even saying the player is “the worst player” they’d seen.

Barcelona was loved by the fans in Barcelona, but as it turns out, time has proved everyone wrong, barring, of course the management. The 23-year-old has evidently struggled in England, and many are still in disbelief over how Tottenham agreed to pay €30 million for the full-back. 

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