Born: 14 January 1999 (São Paulo, Brazil)
Right-back Emerson Royal joined us in August, 2021, from Barcelona.
He made 41 appearances in all competitions in 2021/22, including 31 in the Premier League, starting our final seven matches as we secured fourth place and a return to the UEFA Champions League. Deployed as a right wing-back, Royal scored his first Spurs goal in our 3-1 win against Brighton in the FA Cup, and followed it up with his first league goal as we beat Newcastle 5-0 in April.
Born in São Paulo, the Brazilian international started out in his homeland with spells in the youth systems at Palmeiras, São Paulo and Grêmio before joining Ponte Preta in 2015. He graduated to their senior squad, making his senior debut in 2017, before transferring to Atlético Mineiro in 2018, where he made 23 appearances in Brazilian Serie A during the following season, scoring once in a 5-2 home victory over Sport Club Recife in September, 2018.
In January, 2019, he joined Real Betis Balompié in Spain and went on to make 79 appearances, scoring five goals, over the next two-and-a-half seasons.
Following his participation at the Copa America with Brazil, Barcelona acquired his services over the summer of 2021 having previously been involved in his move from South America, and he made three La Liga appearances for Barca at the beginning of the 2021/22 season.
Part of Brazil's Toulon Tournament-winning side at Under-23 level in 2019, Emerson made his senior international debut against Heung-Min Son's South Korea in November of that year and won three further caps at the 2021 Copa America as Brazil were beaten in the final by Argentina. At the end of 2021/22, he was up to seven caps for Brazil.