Tottenham ‘animal’ Romero can be among best in world, says Gollini

Animal” Cristian Romero can become of the best centre-backs in the world for Tottenham, according to his former Atalanta teammate Pierluigi Gollini.

The pair both joined Spurs this summer on season-long loans from the Italian club with a view to permanent deals next year and made their full debuts in last week’s Europa Conference League play-off defeat to Pacos de Ferreira.

Romero, 23, was named Serie A defender of the year last season and Gollini believes the Argentina international is a perfect fit for the Premier League.

“He’s settling in very good. He doesn’t speak English, but he’s learning and we have a lot of people that speak Spanish here,” Gollini said.

“He’s a very quiet guy, very calm, chilled. But on the pitch, he’s an animal. I think he’s perfect for the Premier League and I think he will become one of the best centre-backs in the world for sure.

“I’m very happy to play here with him again for another season, we have a great relationship, I’m very happy he’s here. I know he can bring a lot here.”

Romero is expected to make another appearance in the second leg at home to Pacos on Thursday after missing the Premier League win at Wolves with a minor knock.

“I think he’s really impressive “on the man”,” Gollini continued. “When he’s man-marking one-v-one, he’s a beast, an animal. The guy is very very strong.

“I like him because he’s a very tough guy on the pitch, he’s a guy who never backs down, he always puts his foot, his face, where he needs to. I think he can bring a lot to this team, and with the other defenders we have, I think, I hope we can have a very strong defence.”

Gollini, 25, was on Manchester United’s books as a teenager and spent 18 months with Aston Villa before returning to Italy with Atalanta in January 2017.

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