The 23-year-old Brazilian has been a point of frustration in recent times for many Spurs fans.
Whilst he’s shown plenty of promise defensively, he often lacks effectiveness in attack and needs to add some end product to his game if he’s to blossom into an elite wing back.
However, whilst the fans’ frustrations may be justified at times, Royal can’t be accused of not giving his all.
Royal’s commitment to honing his craft
As reported by The Sun, details have recently emerged which show Royal has spent a mighty £800,000 on his personal development as a footballer.
Much of that figure has been on goods and services. For example, he has his own private hyperbaric chamber, which the defender can use to improve his condition and aid his never-ending running duties up and down the pitch.
He’s also been working with a neuroscientist in order to help him cope with the pressures of being an elite athlete that’s constantly scrutinised in the public eye.
Those close to Royal credit the work with helping him to focus and worry less. Whilst Dr Fabiano de Abreu Agrela, the doctor leading the work, was asked by SunSport how much the Spurs man has bought into his methods.
“Totally, he trusts and bets on it from the beginning,” Agrela said.
“He is willing to do what it takes to give and be at his best.
“It’s not easy for a player to leave a type of culture and expectations and go to the fastest and most demanding league on the planet. This adaptation plays with the mind.”
Royal even went so far as to having a personal scout report drawn up on Achraf Hakimi.
The Moroccan, who now plies his trade at Paris Saint-Germain, was a revelation under Antonio Conte at Inter.
And so, it seems Royal’s father who also leads his son’s management team, commissioned scouts to study his game and report back on what Royal could learn from the star.
Royal’s situation at Spurs
The level of commitment from the young star and desire to improve his game really is incredibly inspiring and goes a long way to explaining why Conte, a workaholic himself, is so sweet on him.
Royal came off the bench in the club’s last fixture against Leicester, however, had previously started the previous 18 matches on the bounce.
Spurs are back in action this Saturday as they face off against their fiercest rival Arsenal in the north London derby.
Chances are Royal will be reintroduced to the starting XI as the Italian attempts to sure up his defence in anticipation of Royal’s in-form compatriot Gabriel Jesus.
And with this kind of preparation, you just know he’s going to be ready.