Tottenham Hotspur star Pedro Porro is ready to let his performances do the talking
Pedro Porro, the dynamic right-back for Tottenham Hotspur, has always been a player who thrives on challenges. Recently, he found himself under the spotlight for the wrong reasons after receiving some rather harsh criticism from former Manchester United player and football pundit Gary Neville.
However, Porro, in his characteristic composed manner, has chosen not to dwell on the negativity and instead let his performances do the talking. Neville’s critique of Porro was no subtle affair.
During Tottenham’s clash against Manchester United last month, he boldly declared that the Spaniard was not up to the task of receiving the ball on the half-turn, going as far as mockingly suggesting that ‘Porro thinks he’s Rodri meets Xavi.’ It was a comment that could have rattled a lesser player, but not Pedro Porro.
️| Pedro Porro:
“It’s a new system that I haven’t played before. I’m playing inside as a full-back, but it’s somewhere I’m feeling confident. I’m feeling really happy out there and I think you can see that when I’m playing.” pic.twitter.com/HgAwmcxiz3
— The Spurs Express (@TheSpursExpress) September 16, 2023
The response from Pedro Porro was nothing short of magnificent. In the second half of that very game, he delivered a masterclass in the art of inverted right-back play, helping his team secure a 2-0 victory over the Red Devils.
This outstanding display didn’t end there; Porro continued to impress in the same role in subsequent matches against Bournemouth and Burnley. It’s safe to say that he’s making a compelling case for his critics to reconsider their opinions.
When questioned about Gary Neville’s comments, Porro offered a glimpse into his mindset. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said,
“To be honest, there’s so much said about football and as to how we’re playing. At the beginning, there were times where I felt a little unloved in that sense, but not because of anyone in particular, just because of the noise.”
Pedro Porro of Tottenham Hotspur against Wolves. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Adapting to life at Tottenham wasn’t a walk in the park for Porro, especially during the tumultuous first six months at the club marked by managerial changes and on-field struggles. However, the 24-year-old has since found his footing and is now relishing life in North London.
Indeed, Pedro Porro’s journey at Tottenham has been one filled with ups and downs, but his ability to rise above criticism and stay focused on his own development has been commendable.
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Porro is a really talented player. He is playing well for Tottenham. Let’s see how this one goes.