Tottenham: £36m defender 'more talented' than Vertonghen and Alderweireld

Tottenham defender Cristian Romero is more talented than former Spurs duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, as well as current teammate Eric Dier, according to Daily Star journalist Paul Brown.

Romero signed from Atalanta back in August, and has made a very positive impression in his first season at Spurs.

How has Romero fared at Tottenham?

It appeared at one stage that Romero’s maiden campaign in England could be ruined by injury when he missed three months due to a hamstring problem.

However, he returned in early February, and has been a key part of Tottenham’s back three under Antonio Conte over the past two months.

Since he came back into the team, Tottenham have kept four clean sheets in their 11 top-flight matches. Romero has led the way at the back, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet.

As per WhoScored, he has made 2.8 tackles per game – more than any of his teammates, while he also ranks in the top two in the Tottenham squad when it comes to interceptions (1.3 per game) and clearances (3 per game).

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What has Brown said about Romero?

Brown feels Vertonghen and Alderweireld were crucial to Spurs’ success under Mauricio Pochettino, while he also praised the role that Dier played in that side. The England international has since moved into defence to play alongside Romero.

However, Brown has been blown away by the way that Romero has settled into life in north London.

When asked if Romero had the potential to be one of Tottenham’s finest centre-backs of the modern era, Brown told GIVEMESPORT: “He could be, definitely. Their success under Pochettino, while it was built on hard work and pressing, and Kane and Eriksen, and Dele Alli to begin with, it was also based on the partnership that they had at the back between Vertonghen and Alderweireld, who individually are probably not the best centre-backs in the world, but as a pair were absolutely brilliant.

“And you quite often had Eric Dier dropping in between them from midfield at the start of that run. I think Romero, individually, probably has more talent than any of those three.”

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Will Romero go on to have a better Tottenham career than Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dier?

Brown has a point when he states that Vertonghen and Alderweireld were hugely important to Tottenham under Pochettino.

In 2016/17, Spurs only conceded 26 league goals, meaning they had the best defensive record in the division. Vertonghen and Alderweireld knew each other’s games so well at that point, and complemented one another perfectly.

Meanwhile, Dier largely flourished as a holding midfielder when the Argentine coach was at the helm, and he has now slotted seamlessly into the team’s defence in recent years.

All three players deserve to be recognised for their achievements at the club, but Romero could be even better than them.

In his eight months at Tottenham, Romero has already shown that he has a well-rounded game as he can make important tackles and interceptions, while also being able to bring the ball out of defence and pick a pass up to the front three.

It is no surprise that the £36m-rated defender has become a fans’ favourite, and if he can play a part in bringing an end to Spurs’ lengthy wait for some silverware in the near future, he may go on to be viewed as better than Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Dier.

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