Cristian Romero has always enjoyed a high reputation among the Tottenham faithful, but for Clinton Morrison, there was a noticeable tendency for him to “lose his head” on certain occasions. This was a characteristic that had been the source of concern for both the player and the club.
However, the tide has dramatically turned, and it’s all thanks to the addition of Dutch defender Micky van de Ven to the Tottenham squad earlier this summer. Morrison expressed his thoughts during the Sky Sports News interview.
Micky van de Ven’s arrival at Tottenham has sparked a positive change in Cristian Romero’s demeanor and performance on the pitch. Morrison opined that the Argentine defender has blossomed into a “better player” as a result of his newfound partnership with van de Ven. This transformation is particularly noteworthy when we recall that it wasn’t too long ago that Spurs were left reeling from a shocking defeat, shipping five goals in just 20 minutes in a match against Newcastle United. At the time, Romero was a part of that team, and his questionable decision-making raised concerns among the Tottenham faithful.
Fast forward to the present day, and the story is strikingly different. Spurs have only conceded eight goals in their first eight matches of the season, and they currently sit atop the league standings under the management of Ange Postecoglou. This turnaround has been nothing short of remarkable.
Morrison credits Micky van de Ven for Romero’s resurgence, stating, “I think van de Ven has made Romero a better player. He’s not losing his head as much.” The impact of van de Ven’s arrival is evident in Romero’s improved discipline and decision-making on the pitch, something that has delighted both the player and the Tottenham coaching staff.
Morrison further emphasized the duo’s compatibility, highlighting their exceptional combination play. “I think the combination play between the two of them, it’s really good. He [van de Ven] is aggressive. He can defend. We know he can,” Morrison commented. This newfound synergy between the two defenders has been a crucial factor in Tottenham’s defensive success this season.