‘Animal’ Romero is ‘perfect for the Premier League’, says Gollini


ottenham goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini has described “animal” Cristian Romero as “perfect for the Premier League” and says the Argentina defender only needs time to adjust to a new country, culture and formation.

Summer signing Romero started Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Chelsea and the Carabao Cup win over Wolves on Wednesday, when he was caught out for Daniel Podence’s second-half equaliser.

Gollini – who saved a spot-kick as Spurs won 3-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw at Molineux to set up a fourth-round tie at Burnley – played with Romero at Atalanta last season and has promised the 23-year-old centre-half will come good.

“This guy is an animal, I swear. He’s perfect for the Premier League,” Gollini told Standard Sport.

“He’s played for many years with three at the back and especially when you play with a very aggressive style and play man for man, it’s a completely different thing to in a four. You have to work and defend more like a group of four and defend more the zone and less the man. So he needs to adjust.

“And he will do it because he’s a clever guy and an amazing player. But obviously all these things need time. Everybody needs time to adapt, to adjust to a new culture and a new country.

“There’s a lot of things going on. It’s not easy. People from the outside sometimes don’t see how many things change in people’s lives when they change country. It’s normal. He needs a little bit of time but he will be amazing.”

Romero, his Argentina team-mate Giovani Lo Celso and Colombia’s Davinson Sanchez spent 10 days training in Croatia earlier this month to avoid being forced into a UK quarantine hotel on returning from international duty in red-list countries.

The trio missed the defeat to Crystal Palace and are believed to have been fined for reporting to their countries against the club’s wishes.

The Premier League and FIFA remain in talks with the UK government in an attempt to find a solution for next month’s internationals and Gollini says he sympathises with his teammates.

“If I put myself in his [Romero’s] position and the other South American guys, it’s very hard,” he said.

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