Tottenham defender Cristian Romero is more talented than former Spurs duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, as well as current team-mate Eric Dier, according to the Daily Star reporter Paul Brown.
Romero signed from Atalanta in August and made a very positive impression in his debut season at Spurs.
How did Romero perform at Tottenham?
It appeared at one point that Romero’s debut campaign in England could be marred by injury when he missed three months with a hamstring problem.
However, he returned in early February and has played a key role in Tottenham’s back three under Antonio Conte for the past two months.
Since returning to the team, Tottenham have kept four clean sheets in their 11 top flight appearances. Romero has led the way at the back and is quickly establishing himself as one of the first names on the team roster.
According to WhoScored, he managed 2.8 tackles per game – more than any of his teammates, while he also ranks in the top two of the Tottenham squad when it comes to interceptions (1.3 per game) and clearances (3 per game).
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What did Brown say about Romero?
Brown believes Vertonghen and Alderweireld were crucial to Spurs’ success under Mauricio Pochettino, while praising the role Dier played in that team. The England international has since moved into defense to play alongside Romero.
However, Brown was blown away by how Romero settled in North London.
When asked if Romero has the potential to be one of Tottenham’s best centre-backs of the modern era, Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “He could be, certainly. Their success under Pochettino, while it was built on hard work and pressing, and Kane and Eriksen, and Dele Alli to start with, it was also built on the partnership they had at the back between Vertonghen and Alderweireld, who individually probably aren’t the best centre-backs in the world, but as a pair they were absolutely brilliant.
“And you had Eric Dier between them quite often from midfield at the start of this run. I think Romero, individually, probably has more talent than any of those three.
Will Romero have a better career at Tottenham than Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dier?
Brown is right when he says Vertonghen and Alderweireld were hugely important to Tottenham under Pochettino.
In 2016/17, Spurs conceded just 26 league goals, meaning they had the best defensive record in the division. Vertonghen and Alderweireld knew each other so well by then and complemented each other perfectly.
Meanwhile, Dier largely thrived as a midfielder when the Argentine coach was at the helm, and he’s now integrated seamlessly into the team’s defense in recent years.
All three players deserve recognition for their achievements at the club, but Romero could be even better than them.
During his eight months at Tottenham, Romero has already shown that he has a well-balanced game as he can make great tackles and interceptions, while also being able to get the ball out of the defense and pass to the first three.
It’s no surprise the £36m-rated defender has become a fan favourite, and if he can play a part in ending Spurs’ long wait for silverware in the near future, he might continue to be considered better than Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dier.