Who is Cristian Romero? Tottenham Hotspurs’ latest summer signing

Who is Cristian Romero? Tottenham Hotspurs’ latest summer signing

Tottenham Hotspur have signed Cristian Romero from Italian Serie A side Atalanta for a fee of £47 million — making the defender the second most expensive transfer in Spurs’ history, behind only Tanguy Ndombele, who cost the north London club a huge £55.5m when they signed the French midfielder from Lyon back in July 2019.

With Bryan Gil arriving from Sevilla, as part of a swap deal with Érik Lamela, and Pierluigi Gollini coming in on loan (with the option to buy) from Atalanta, Romero is just Nuno Espírito Santo’s third signing since he took over from interim boss Ryan Mason at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

So, as the former Wolverhampton Wanderers gaffer looks to strengthen his squad further before the start of the 2021/22 season, and perhaps make the north London side more favourable in the football betting odds, not everyone will be familiar with Romero. So, read on as we take a look at some key things you should know about the 23-year-old…

Career to date

Romero started his career at Club Atlético Belgrano, who currently ply their trade in the Argentine Primera B Nacional (the country’s second tier), making 16 senior league appearances for his hometown club in Córdoba before moving to Genoa in 2018. The defender put in some impressive performances in his first season at the Rossoblù, and earned a move to Juventus — returning on loan to Genoa for the 2019/20 Serie A campaign. He then spent last season on loan at Atalanta, and after making 42 appearances in all competitions, La Dea triggered their £14m option to buy earlier this summer — and have already made a good profit, with Spurs paying almost £50m for the 23-year-old’s services.

Style of play

The fact that Juve were keen to swoop up Romero after just one season in Italy goes to show just how good of the player the centre-back is, and many are already claiming that The Old Lady are going to regret their decision to let him go without even making a senior appearance for the club. Romero isn’t afraid to get stuck into a tackle, so Spurs fans can expect to see some big challenges from him this season. However, the downside to that is, he has a knack for picking up yellow cards. In fact, in his 88 Serie A appearances, the defender picked up some 33 bookings! Aside from being a big tackler, Romero is fantastic at reading the game, making interceptions, clearing loose balls and using his speed to cover runs in behind the defence.

International career

Romero only made his international debut for Argentina back in June, starting in a World Cup Qualifier against Chile (which ended 1-1), before bagging his first goal for his country in a 2-2 draw with Colombia. Included in Lionel Scaloni’s squad for the Copa América, the 23-year-old made three appearances for La Albiceleste, keeping clean sheets in all of those outings, including in the final against their old foes Brazil, as Argentina won the South American competition for a record-equalling 15th time — ending their 28-year trophy drought in the process.

When can we expect to see Romero make his debut?

With Spurs set to host defending champions Manchester City in the opening weekend of the Premier League season on August 15th, a match not many people will back the north London side to win on the best football predictions sites, Nuno is believed to be keen to have Romero ready for that match. Whether or not the fixture will come too soon for the 23-year-old, who will have just a handful of training sessions with his new teammates, we will just have to wait and see!

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