Emerson Royal has revealed he hired two mental coaches to help him adjust to life in the Premier League with Tottenham.

A £26m signing from Barcelona last summer, Emerson endured a tricky debut year but started to flash some real form towards the end of the campaign, starting each of his side’s last nine league games as Spurs made their climb back into the top four under Antonio Conte.

Speaking to The Times, Emerson admitted that he has been working with a mental coach, Lincoln Nunes, and neuroscientist Fabiano de Abreu Agrela to improve his mindset and help him become more focused.

“From our first appointment, I was very impressed with how Lincoln accessed some issues,” Emerson said. “Sometimes people think that when someone is working out their mind, that means they are crazy. But we use very little of our brain capacity and we need to develop it, especially in high-performance sports.

“Now I wake up an hour earlier than I did before and start to imagine how the training session is going to be, to get into that mental zone.”

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