Earlier this week, Richarlison found himself at the heart of a national controversy, in England, for having chained provocative juggling, during Tottenham’s success at Nottingham Forest (0-2, August 28). In the days to come, the 25-year-old striker, recruited this summer from Everton for around €70 million, should fuel another debate: does he deserve to be a starter on Wednesday when they receive OM in the League? champions? Richarlison now looks like a legitimate candidate, because he can play in the three attacking positions of Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 and in particular on the left, in place of Son Heung-min, who has not yet scored this season.
But above all, the international auriverde (36 caps, 14 goals) can claim a place in the eleven because, on Saturday, for his first tenure since his arrival in London, he knew how to highlight himself on the occasion of the victory at home of Spurs against Fulham (2-1), which consolidated their third place in the standings. In a cautious team, which, as usual, did not monopolize the ball (51%) and relied on sharp transitions, Richarlison, aligned on the right, at the post of Dejan Kulusevski, detonated by his constant aggressiveness.
“Richy played very well and he makes my life easier”
Kane 3rd goalscorer in Premier League history
Very involved in defensive work, to the point of recovering seven balls (the second best total for the team), he also delivered caviars that were poorly exploited by most of his teammates, like Son (22nd), d ‘Harry Kane (26th) and Eric Dier (50th), with the exception of Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, who opened the scoring with a cross shot after a discount from the former Toffee in the area (1-0, 40th ).
Replaced in the heart of the attack after the exit of Kane (78th), Richarlison could even have added a goal to his decisive pass, but his volley found the post (80th), before an offside by Ryan Sessegnon signaled by the VAR does not shower his euphoria, he who thought he had scored on a center of the English piston (90th).
At the end of a meeting also marked by Kane’s 188th goal in the Premier League (he now occupies only third place in the ranking of the top scorers of this Championship), a crucial save from Hugo Lloris in the 88th and first successful tenure of Clément Lenglet with Spurs, Antonio Conte underlined the Brazilian’s fine performance at a press conference: ” Richy played very well and he makes my life easier. As we play every three days, it will allow us to rotate in front. “In the end, whether he starts on Wednesday or enters during the match, Richarlison will necessarily embody a serious threat for the Olympians.