Fabio Paratici has enjoyed mixed success since being appointed as Tottenham Hotspur‘s managing director of football operations back in July 2021.
The Italian supremo is responsible for a lot of the club’s transfer dealings, both incomings and outgoings, in which he’s taken plenty of flak and praise depending on what the situation is.
He hasn’t always hit the money with his signings, although he cannot be criticised for not spending, having broken the Lilywhites’ record signing with the arrival of Richarlison from Everton for £60m in the most recent summer transfer window.
Pedro Porro was the marquee signing in January and the Spanish wing-back will compete with another one of his big-money acquisitions in Emerson Royal, who cost £26m from FC Barcelona in his very first window.
You’d probably find it hard to name a player that divides opinion more than the Brazilian and truthfully, it’s hard to come down on one side on whether he’s been a success or just a big flop.
With the arrival of Porro, you could argue it’s the latter, especially as Antonio Conte has reportedly been never convinced by his ability and suitability to his system, though the fact that it was Matt Doherty who made way instead perhaps speaks volumes.
However, according to FootballTransfers, the 24-year-old dynamo’s expected transfer value has increased substantially in the 18 months he has been at the club with the website now valuing him at €50.2m (£45m).
That sees him as a more valuable asset than the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp and even Cristian Romero (€45.6m).
Whether you love him or hate him, it’s certainly surprising to see Emerson valued at a bigger price than the fan-favourite and World Cup-winning Argentine.
Despite being lambasted as a “complete liability” and a “mistake waiting to happen” by former Lilywhites midfielder Jamie O’Hara in the past, the £62k-per-week star did show glimpses of his potential in their recent 1-0 win over defending champions Manchester City, where he kept England international Jack Grealish at bay for 90 minutes.
He was among Spurs’ top performers in the eyes of Evening Standard journalist Dan Kilpatrick, whilst the Express’ Ryan Taylor lauded it a “defensive masterclass” from Emerson.
Therefore, it has to be argued that Paratici has struck gold with the signing of Emerson – who was also hailed as “flawless” by Sky Sports’ Jamie Weir and “terrific” by journalist Tom Barclay – as his value has nearly doubled despite issues with inconsistency and his overall ability.
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