Former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Paul Robinson thinks Cristian Romero is an ideal candidate to take the captain’s armband from Hugo Lloris.
The 24-year-old made the move to Spurs last summer from Italian outfit Atalanta for around €55m.
Romero previously had spells in Serie A with the likes of Juventus and Genoa.
The centre-back has hit the ground running in England. He has impressed in his 29 appearances.
The Argentina international has been relied upon by Antonio Conte’s side, who are pushing for fourth place. He has played the full 90 minutes in their last 14 league games.
Robinson thinks Romero’s leadership capabilities are clear to see:
“Romero looks like he has a lot of leadership which is great to see at such a young age. His performances on the pitch and relationship with his teammates show that,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“I don’t know to what extent language is a barrier but he looks like a future captain to me.
“They will not take the captaincy off of Hugo, there is no call for that but whenever he choses to leave there will be a decision to make.
“If Romero is still at the club I can see him stepping up. I’m not talking about anytime in the immediate future but perhaps in a few years time.”
“I believe he has been doing very well at Tottenham but when a coach, especially Conte, gets to a team, he needs time. I’m pretty sure he can make tremendous progress and achieve exactly what he has in mind.
“Tottenham has always been missing something – they never really manage to take that necessary step forward in quality. They have had a good mentality but it’s not been effective in getting the results they want.
“Now with Conte and Fabio Paratici, they will be able to make the right choices to give them the right identity to win. They will be able to then possibly win the Premier League in this way. Next year will be the turning point.”
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