Tottenham defender Cristian Romero is happy calling on Richarlison as a teammate.
The 24-year-old arrived in England having received 39 yellow cards and three reds across his 102 appearances in Italy and there have been notable flashpoints in England too, including the Marc Cucurella hair-pull for which he was fortunate to escape punishment in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea in August.
“It really depends on the game,” he told Sky Sports of his fiery streak. “I always try to give opponents maximum respect. If something happens which isn’t good, I always reflect on it and I apologise.
“This season, I think I’m doing better in that sense,” he adds. “I know it’s something I have to improve, but I have only had one yellow card in the games I’ve played so far this year.”
Spurs fans love Romero for his competitiveness – “I am always grateful for the support they give me,” he says – and the same qualities can be seen in his new team-mate Richarlison.
The pair have history. They clashed when the Brazilian was playing for Everton last season. But all that is firmly behind them now and Romero’s admiration for the 25-year-old is obvious.
“He has brought a lot to the team,” says Romero. “He is a player who is a little bit different to the ones we already had. He is a player who puts in absolutely everything, all the time.
“We have Harry Kane, who, for me, is a maximum talent and one of the best strikers in the world. We also have [Heung-Min] Son and [Dejan] Kulusevski, who also make the difference.
“But Richy is giving us different things and that’s something which I think is infectious.”