The Tottenham Hotspur made the incorporation of Cristian Romero official, who arrives on loan for a season, but with a mandatory purchase option (it is presumed that it would be 55 million euros) when the loan contract ends. A movement that was managed by Fabio Paratici, the new sports director of the North London club, and that comes hand in hand with the departure of Toby Alderweireld to Qatari football.
The 23-year-old Argentine central defender arrives after a great season at Atalanta in Bergamo (the best center-back in Serie A) and being champion of the Copa América with his country’s national team, where he has established himself as a starting central defender. Valued by many as one of the best five center-backs in the world today or, at least, one of the best of the season along with names like Rubén Días, Marquinhos and Antonio Rüdiger.
Why did Tottenham sign Cuti Romero?
The Argentine is a center-back who stands out for his aggressiveness when going to court. He is not one of those who like to be static, so he jumps constantly to anticipate his rival or to win the duel. He is an impetuous and very emotional player, but one who takes risks because he has the speed and the effectiveness to do so. It is not one of those that is given away, which will give your team a plus in the phases without the ball when they make an advanced pressure or in defensive transitions.
According to data from FBrefHe is one of the best center-backs when it comes to pressing, intercepting passes, winning individual duels and tackling the five major leagues in Europe. The same page compares it with centrals like Éder Militao, Óscar Mingueza and Nikola MIlenkovic, more per profile than per level.
Another noteworthy feature is his departure from the ball, a characteristic that he polished with Gian Piero Gasperini at Atalanta. He is a center-back who likes to take risks and always seeks to progress with the ball at his feet. He is not nervous under pressure. He is one of the centers with the most precise progressive passes from the best leagues in the world. An ability that will offer you to solve Nuno on a creative level and when attacking in static.
The only doubt left by his signing is the difference in context. In the Premier League he will face opponents with a different pace and forwards with a much higher quality, so he will have to adapt quickly to be able to have an immediate impact on his team.
Cuti Romero is a center-back who gives Tottenham a tremendous quality leap in defense, which will now have one of the best young center-backs in the world in its squad and will be able to compete in a different way. Different sources confirm that the North London team will go for another central in the summer, so we have to wait to see if Nuno will bet on a defensive line of four defenders (as he showed in the preseason) or one of three centrals.