In signing Pedro Porro from Sporting CP, Tottenham Hotspur has addressed a significant need for creativity and service from the flanks.
Like the old ketchup commercial, with Pedro Porro coming on deadline day to N17 from Portugal, Spurs fans hope that good things come to those who wait. Seemingly the top right wing-back target from day one of the transfer window, not arriving until deadline day, was more drama and necessary for an obvious addition. However, none of the delays can be blamed on Porro, who looks to be a very happy camper based on the videos coming from Hotspur Way. Likewise, we fans should be happy campers because Porro will bring some things Tottenham is currently lacking.
Coming to Tottenham from the Portuguese side Sporting CP, Porro is an experienced footballer despite being only 23 years old, having featured 98 times for Sporting, including a dozen games in the Champions League.
Playing primarily right back and right-midfield, Porro is coming in to help improve the play coming from the right-wing-back position in Conte’s 3-4-3 formation. Fortunately, Porro possesses many traits that should make him a perfect addition to the club, adding something they are not getting from the right-hand side.
What Porro brings to Tottenham Hotspur
Maybe more than anything, Porro should bring some balance to Tottenham Hotspur, as he compares favorably in many ways to current Tottenham wing-back Ivan Perisic. Like Perisic, Porro is a forward-thinking player who wants to be aggressive with the football.
First and foremost, Porro is a dribbler who will take people on. Spurs have struggled for the last couple of seasons to get players to run at defenders with the ball. In this way, he is more similar to a younger version of Perisic; although Ivan still runs at players, it is not at the same rate as when he was in his 20s.
According to FBRef.com, Porro has attempted more dribbles this season (44) than Matt Doherty (12) and Emerson Royal (18) combined. This willingness to attack defenders with the ball should help imbalance defenses and add a new wrinkle to the Tottenham attack.
What is even more important than his willingness to attack players with the ball is what Porro does with it in terms of service. Although not as many as Perisic, Porro has hit 107 crosses this season, almost twice as many as the 55 combined crosses offered by Royal and Doherty.
Those crosses equal chances, which Arnaut Danjuma showed us could turn into goals.
Porro will not make everyone more creative, but his play should improve the entire team by bringing a new threat to an already potent attack. Or at least that is the hope.