Cristian Romero reveals reason for picking the number 17 jersey at Tottenham Hotspur
Cristian Romero recently explained on Twitter why he sacrificed the coveted no 4 jersey for no. 17 at Tottenham Hotspur.
Prior to the 2022–23 season, Tottenham Hotspur revealed some new team numbers on Saturday and one player seems to have chosen an unusual number while sacrificing one of the most wanted numbers for central defenders. Yes, we are talking about Guti Romero.
Midfielder Oliver Skipp, who wore the number 29 for Tottenham last year, will now wear Cristian Romero’s old No. 4 jersey. Whereas, the Argentinian centre-back will be donning the number 17 from next season.
Centre-back Romero is one of Tottenham’s most crucial first-team players, so switching out number 4 for number 17 is a little unexpected.
Romero disagrees with the popular consensus that four is a far better number than seventeen. The Argentinian explained that 17 is his ‘favourite number’ and he has been overjoyed to get it for himself.
Romero wore number 17 when he made his varsity debut. At Club Atletico Belgrano in his home country of Argentina, it served as his first-ever team number.
He also sported the number 17 when playing for Genoa and Atalanta, but Moussa Sissoko still owned it when he joined the Spurs in August 2021, making that number inaccessible. 21 days after Romero joined Tottenham, Sissoko left, but by that point, the defender had already made his Premier League debut while wearing the number 4.
Romero has been starting for the first team ever since Antonio Conte took over as manager. But due to fitness concerns, the Spurs supporters were unable to fully appreciate much of his play in the first half.
The Atalanta loanee became one of Tottenham’s most important players in the second half of the season, putting up astounding displays in difficult matches.
My favorite number came back to me. pic.twitter.com/CWnHYGzK22
— Cuti Romero (@CutiRomero2) July 10, 2022
Romero made 30 appearances for Spurs last season in all competitions, and he has delivered numerous sublime displays. With a season under his belt, the Argentine will only get better in the 2022/23 campaign.
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Due to the Argentine star’s contributions, our Italian manager was able to maintain his defensive stability. The Argentinian indeed has the potential to develop into one of the Premier League’s elite players as his form improves.