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Nuno insists Romero will adapt quickly at Spurs despite shaky start


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ottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says summer signing Cristian Romero will take no time to adapt to English football, despite the defender’s rough debut in Portugal on Thursday night.

Romero joined Spurs earlier this month on the back of being named Serie A Defender of the Year and playing a key role in Argentina’s historic Copa America win.

Spurs were caught out by a quick Pacos counter-attack in the first half as Lucas Silva ran behind a static back three to score the only goal, leaving Nuno’s side needing a turnaround in next Thursday’s second leg to reach the group stage.

Nuno, though, insists Romero is good enough to adapt quickly to the Premier League but was tight-lipped on whether he could start Sunday’s visit to Wolves.

“We need to be patient with all the players because this is the Premier League,” Nuno said.

“When a player changes country we need to realise that we need to support him. But honestly I think with the quality and talent that Romero has, his adaptation will be very fast.

“He played a good game [on Thursday night]. He was intense and this is what we want from our defenders, to be strong in duels.”

Romero joined Spurs on an initial one-year loan deal from Atalanta, although the London club have the option to sign him for €55million next summer and have already agreed a five-year deal.

Asked if Romero could make his first Premier League start on Sunday when Nuno returns to his former club, the head coach said: “First we have return to London, prepare for the next game, work with all the group and then on Saturday we’ll make a decision.”

Nuno is also set to decide if Harry Kane will make his first appearance of the season at Molineux after revealing the England captain “trained well” on Thursday.


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