New Tottenham Hotspur signing Pedro Porro has taken to Twitter to express his disappointment after making his debut at Leicester City.
Porro, a £42million January signing from Sporting Lisbon, got his first start in a Spurs shirt against Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday, and had a day to forget in a 4-1 loss.
The 23-year-old was thrown straight into the starting lineup for Saturday’s trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester in place of Emerson Royal.
Things didn’t go well, to say the least, with his side losing 4-1 and the opponents getting in behind him a number of times, exposing his defensive frailties and was taken off in the 75th minute with the game already lost.
The 23-year-old came in for criticism from Tim Sherwood for his performance with the former Spurs boss describing Porro’s efforts as one of the worst debuts he has ever witnessed
“I don’t want to keep picking on the kid but he needs to be relieved of his duties at the moment,” he said.
🗣️ “Pedro Porro who was having his debut, probably one of the worst debut's I’ve ever seen.”
Tim Sherwood says Tottenham capitulated against Leicester City. 😡 pic.twitter.com/a8Kz8L7wUd
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 11, 2023
“I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because it’s his debut but Pedro Porro is so bad it’s unbelievable.”
Porro looked shaky defensively in his first outing having seen Harvey Barnes easily ghost in behind him while his first touch also appeared to be off compared to what fans have witnessed during his time in Portugal.
He admitted in his post that he was sad following the 4-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium and is not prepared to give up.
Sad about this debut.
Giving up is not an option.
Keep your head up. #COYS @spursofficial 💙 pic.twitter.com/KrFy2XGMzz
— Pedro Porro (@Pedroporro29_) February 11, 2023
Despite his somewhat poor performance, Assistant manager Stellini disagrees with the claims that Porro isn’t ready to start a Premier League match.
“Pedro, we think he is ready to play and for sure he’s ready to play in this league because he’s a great player with experience,” he said after the match.
“But we also know it’s not easy, changing leagues and changing the type of football. You need time.
“He can react with all the team and the team needs players like Pedro. [He] needs time to play in this type of league.”