Spurs fans were delighted to see Emerson Royal deliver a peach of a cross to set up Lucas Moura’s goal in the Round of 16 Carabao Cup tie against Burnley.
Emerson, 22, has had a mixed start to life in north London with his indifferent form shown in the build-up to Nuno Espirito Santo’s trip to Turf Moor on Wednesday night.
Form that even the Portuguese knew was underwhelming, considering the £23million Fabio Paratici paid to bring in the Brazilian as Serge Aurier’s eventual replacement.
Speaking after the Aston Villa win prior to the October international break, Nuno revealed there was more to come from the ex-Barcelona man.
He told football.london on that occasion: “Alasdair, I think we have to be very patient with all the players.
“I honestly think he has to improve. He had a good game. He was stable, especially in the way that he controlled the width.
“He was really good going forward. I think he had moments when he should have decided better when he was in the box, but not only Emerson, I think all the team, it was important for us.
“Today was very important for us, all the boys, the fans and the way the team played, I think we should be proud.”
Fast forward to now and that patience has already paid off after what Emerson did in the second half against the Clarets in their Carabao Cup tie.
Prior to the main talking point unfolding, Giovanni Lo Celso was denied one-on-one by Burnley’s Nick Pope in a game of few chances.
This makes it even more surprising that a few moments later in the 68th minute, the 22-year-old delivered a beautiful cross from the right that was headed home by fellow countryman Lucas Moura who was unmarked in the box.
Here was the best of the reaction on social media to the goal that broke the deadlock on the night in Lancashire.
(Image: Spurs fans)
@Tottenhamnews21 tweeted: “Goal Lucas moura amazing cross by Emerson royal Lucas positioned in the middle for a header bounced on the floor near top corner COYS.”
@WilsonWildingWF was delighted with Emerson’s involvement in the goal: “Lucas Moura!!! COYS COYS COYSSSSS!!!! Great cross from Emerson Royal. 1-0 to Spurs!”
@Ryan_Matt98 delivered his four-word verdict: “Emerson royal great cross.”
@AmroTHFC outlandishly put: “Trent Alexander Arnold’s idol is Emerson Royal.”
@ReeceAC_ stated: “No one can convince me Emerson Royal isn’t good, I’m so happy we signed him.”
@HotspurRelated cleverly pointed out: “A goal made in Brazil, but delivered in Burnley! Emerson Royal finds #thfc team-mate Lucas Moura in the box to head home! 1-0!”
@alvanderp gave his overall assessment of the player in question: “The one main positive of this season has been Emerson Royal. He appears to be the right back that was promised. The fact that I’m celebrating solidifying the right back position should be instructive about how everything else is going.”
The tie ended in a tight 1-0 victory for the Lilywhites which provided the perfect tonic to the West Ham Premier League disappointment on the weekend.
Other than his assist on the night, Emerson attained an impressive pass success right of 87% whilst also dealing well with the dangerous Maxwel Cornet late on in the contest.
Overall, Tottenham’s new first-choice right-back scored a solid 7 in football.london’s post-match ratings from this League Cup encounter.
“Got the nod again at right-back and made a vital clearance close to his own line early on from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s cross,” football.london’s Tottenham writer Rob Guest wrote. “Didn’t have many opportunities to attack in the first half but made it count after the break with a lovely cross to tee up Lucas Moura for the opener. 7.”