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Editorial: Could Tottenham become Richarlison’s redemption?

By Harry Hotspur -

Richarlison’s transfer from Everton wasn’t something that on paper made any sense to me whatsoever. As I’ve detailed previously, the voices e x p l a i n i n g the move to me sounded all too similar to those that have leaped to defend far too many other implausible situations involving this football club.

The Brazilian has summarily failed to set any of his Premier League sides alight and all the old toffee about elements of his game that statistics couldn’t capture left me oscillating between hysteria and depression.

Here we are, not many games in, and we find ourselves staring at two assists and two goals. All of which have been rather fine examples of the genre. Tangible results.

So have I changed my mind? A resounding ‘no’, on that one as I always stated very clearly that I hoped he would be good, but there was little to suggest that he might be. I was also aware that in his wake were many fans from several other sides who had also hoped for an improvement to happen, and it never did.

For the money, the boy is on course to represent value for money, and like his Champions League exploits last night, that’s another first.

More, please.

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East Stand
East Stand
16 days ago

What ‘narrative’? The one based around winning only one minor trophy in 23 years?

Levy created any narrative, if there is one. Not nasty, sniping and bitter fans on football blogs that really need to get over themselves. Any ‘narrative’ writes itself I’m afraid…

Last edited 16 days ago by Easty
Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
16 days ago

Could Richarlison be Levy’s redemption..

Bueller
Bueller
16 days ago

I rather like him tbh.

judge
judge
18 days ago

This is a great conversation .
Richarlison arrived , his previous form indifferent , sketchy , but he gave the impression that there was a “better player” in there somewhere .
In a very short time he has incited this excited exchange of opinions , he has fuelled a dialogue – have we struck gold ?? The reason ? His purchase price obviously !
If he continues in this form – and why should he not , his talent is his energy , enthusiasm , his attitude – he will look a cheap purchase in a very short time .
He also possesses sublime skill and YES , it is the Spurs way !! I think we have a gem ………… C O Y S

BWM
BWM
18 days ago

Hello HH, it’s fair enough to be skeptical and refer to stats to support your position. As you have inferred, too many journalists just don’t do their job and I’m glad that you are not a soft touch.

I was enthusiastic about Richarlison based on his willingness to get amongst it, not to mention his ability with the ball to “make something happen” (please, anything!) -what we needed from Ndombele but rarely got. I liked that he was a bit of a grafter and despite appearances, a humble enough character. I guess stats paint a picture, but not always the whole panorama.

But re: the headline, what does he need redemption from?

BWM
BWM
18 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Maybe the difference was that Perisic & Hojberg both delivered accurate and beautifully weighted crosses in, for Richarlison to convert. Wait, are we still talking about tottenham?

East Stand
East Stand
16 days ago
Reply to  BWM

Levy’s only redemption is trophies and competing in a way that justifies the insane outlay and debt racked up on the stadium. Given just the one minor trophy in the previous 20 odd years. Which happened 14 years ago now…

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Dat der Guywidnohair
Dat der Guywidnohair
17 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

He’s not been a success anywhere

Mate, you’re talking nonsense. He won the 2020 Olympics, where he was top scorer in the tournament. He won the 2019 Copa America, scoring in the final.

Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
17 days ago

Good point Nohair, I also hear he beat his grandfather at dominoes.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
17 days ago

The Olympics isn’t FIFA endorsed and only allowed 3 players over the age of 23. Which is why it’s full of amateurs.

HotspurGeezer
HotspurGeezer
18 days ago

Not sure his PL stats at Watford or Everton are a true reflection of his qualities, both very poor sides in which he was top scorer for what it was worth.
Put him in a better side, with better players & his numbers improve; for Brasil he has a better goal/game ratio than Jesus, Firmino & Coutinho (yes a cm, I know).
2 PL assists in 167 minutes played, 2 UCL goals in 1st ever match, unlucky not to score twice last Sunday, 2 motm performances in 2 starts so far this season, has had a great start to his THFC career & made a big difference every time he’s on the pitch, most of the squad have already highly praised him, Chelsea wanted him & seriously tried to scupper THFC’s deal, he’s already on his way to being a fan favourite (those that have been at the stadium will have heard & know) & Antonio Conte rates him.
That’ll do!

StuSpur
StuSpur
18 days ago
Reply to  HotspurGeezer

It’s universally accepted that stat’s or data without context are useless

StuSpur
StuSpur
18 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

In the prem his goal stat’s are virtually the same as Dennis Bergkamp, around 0.27 per game based . His assist stat’s aren’t great, around 0.10 per game.

Adding context to these would lead us to say would a players assist stat’s improve if his team mates were better footballers? I think the answer is a clear yes.

StuSpur
StuSpur
18 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Firmino is 0.31 goals per game playing for Liverpool.
What stat’s in particular are you pointing towards by the way?

StuSpur
StuSpur
18 days ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Oh I see, apologies but you have always advocated for the ‘show me evidence’ line. I’ve looked at Richarlison statistics and they are comparable with players such as Mahrez, Fernandes and firmino in terms of goals and assists all the while being in a weaker team.

I’ll take that sip of water now

HotspurGeezer
HotspurGeezer
17 days ago
Reply to  StuSpur

Aware, but his stats at previous teams were used ON & BY this very blog TWICE at least over last 2/3 months, once to say Jesus was a better bet/vfm & the other, as reasons why THFC shouldn’t buy him.
Just highlighting one can’t present a case for the prosecution without rebuttal & alternative ‘evidence’ for the defence!
I & others appreciate & welcome him as a THFC player & some don’t, but it doesn’t make me or similar minded wrong!? (No matter what others wish to try to encourage or want us to believe or agree).

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
18 days ago
Reply to  HotspurGeezer

It’s definitely easier to play around better players, unless your names Grealish.

at large
at large
18 days ago

Once he’s fully healthy Grealish will come good. He’s quality Steve.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
18 days ago

My heads been turned on what I’ve seen so far. Always prepared to give any new signings a season to bed in. Hopefully and because of his time served in English football it won’t be season.

Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
18 days ago

Yup, it’s a pretty decent start, but that’s all it is at this point. Here’s to the surely shared hope that Conte & his coaches bring the lad, not just up to the necessary level, but consistently so.

Markp
Markp
18 days ago

the kid plays with heart!

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
18 days ago
Reply to  Markp

We’ve missed this.. Heart, fire, passion.. Warriors win you games and Spurs need more players like this.

judge
judge
18 days ago

Cant agree more . Since my own playing days , I have always thought that Northern based sides played , in general, with that fire , passion and the schoolboy love of the game.
The Southern “softie” tag has largely evaporated now , but Richarlison is a reminder that you can bully a little , you can annoy a little more and you can provoke your own team-mates into a little more controlled aggression .
Strangely he also gives the feel of consistency , especially as he was bought as ‘cover’ , and yet he is giving off reliable at all levels . Great buy and can improve
C O Y S !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111

Chirpy
Chirpy
18 days ago

The Everton fans adored him, and for good reason, the same qualities we’ve seen so far. His record for them was solid, to be expected from a side that toils around mid to bottom of the table. Similar to others before him like Mane or Jota. Better team-mates and you see the bump.

He is a fantastic player, and exactly what we needed.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
18 days ago

Part of it is being a breath of fresh air…hopefully others will feed off his energy ..

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