‘It’s a massive flaw to his game’: Jermaine Jenas bemoans Cristian Romero after the Tottenham defender was sent off for the second time this season after two yellow cards in Spurs’ Champions League defeat by AC Milan
Jermaine Jenas spoke of his frustration at the ‘brilliant defender’ Cristian Romero after he was sent off during Tottenham’s Champions League clash with AC Milan.
The Argentine star was sent off a second yellow card after a rash challenge in the second half in north London. Spurs could only draw the match 0-0, and have gone out of the Champions League after losing the first leg 1-0.
‘It’s a massive flaw to his game,’ said Jenas on BT Sport after the sending-off. ‘We spoke about it after 15 minutes. He’s such a top top player Cristian Romero, and he’s so loved here.
‘He’s a brilliant, brilliant defender but this is a part of his game that he needs to figure out. You love the all or nothing nature to him, but he needs to be aware he’s on a yellow card.’
Sportsmail’s Chris Sutton agreed with the former Spurs midfielder, as he told BBC Radio Five Live: ‘It is so, so reckless from Romero.
Cristiano Romero was sent off against AC Milan after two rash challenges in north London
The Argentine defender has a tendency to make needless rash challenges, such as Wednesday
Antonio Conte’s side have been knocked out of two major tournaments in the past seven days
‘We spoke about the early booking putting him under pressure and he gambled on a challenge with Theo Hernandez and had to get the ball. He’s taken out Hernandez and the ref has no choice.’
Pundits seemed to agree that the centre back had the potential to be a top defender, but that he was being held back by his inability to adapt after picking up a first yellow card.
‘He could be something special as a defender, but he’s not learnt,’ Glenn Hoddle told BT Sport. ‘He gets drawn to the ball, he’s not trying to get the player, he’s going for the ball, but when you’re on a yellow card you get it wrong by split second an you’re off.
‘His emotions go in the big games. It’s a simple thing to put right. He can change it overnight if he wants to.’
Rio Ferdinand added that Romero is an ’emotional defender’ and that if he can become a ‘thinking’ player, he could go on to be a ‘top centre back.’