Alan Shearer has said on Match of the Day on BBC One (11:16pm, September 11, 2021) that Tottenham Hotspur right-back Emerson Royal struggled against Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha yesterday.
The Newcastle United legend has also criticised Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga for picking up two yellow cards in the space of a few minutes to get himself sent off.
Spurs went down 3-0 to Palace at Selhurst Park in the London derby yesterday
It was Tottenham’s first defeat in the Premier League this season.
Shearer said on Match of the Day on BBC One (11:16pm, September 11, 2021): “Zaha gave Emerson Royal a really tough afternoon. He tried to get tight with him, and he enjoyed that. He rolled him three or four times.”
The BBC pundit added: “Zaha is angry, and rightly so. You can see the reaction there. They both get yellow cards, but I thought Tanganga was fortunate.
“I thought he could have got a yellow card for the foul and also a yellow card for the reaction.
“Then two minutes later, rash challenge on Ayew. This time the referee gives him the yellow card. This is a stupid challenge two minutes after being shown the yellow card.”
Emerson was making his debut for Tottenham yesterday, having joined the North London club from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
The Brazil international struggled against Zaha, who was on song and was a problem for the right-back as well as the entire Spurs defence.
The youngster did show in glimpses what he can do, but yesterday, he found it really hard against Zaha.
As for Tanganga, the 22-year-old will be really disappointed with his dismissal.
Okay, what occurred with Zaha can happen in any football match, but the Tottenham defender should not have rushed into the challenge with Andre Ayew the way he did.
There was no need for that whatsoever.