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Former player says ‘it’s going to be difficult’ for Conte signing to get into Spurs XI

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Tottenham Hotspur completed the £60 million signing of Richarlison from Everton football club earlier on in the summer.

The 25-year-old has proven himself in the Premier League with the likes of Watford and Everton over the last few seasons and he should prove to be a quality long-term acquisition for the London club.

Spurs were heavily reliant on the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min over the last few seasons and Antonio Conte needed to add more depth to his attacking department. Richarlison is likely to improve the London club in the final third and his versatility could make him an asset for Conte going forward.

However, former defender Alan Hutton believes Tottenham have a set front three of Kane, Son and Dejan Kulusevski for now and the Brazilian attacker will have to work hard to break into the starting line-up.

He said to Football Insider: “Kulsevski came in last season so he’s already into Antonio Conte’s ways, he knows how to play the system. Kulusevksi is a talented young player, if he sticks to that form I think Richarlison is going to have to wait.

I think it’s going to be difficult and he’s going to have to prove his worth by coming on as a sub. I think at the moment that’s the strongest front three for Tottenham.

For now, Richarlison will have to be content with the role of a squad player and he will have to make an impact as a substitute and convince the Italian manager that he is ready to start regularly for his side.

Richarlison is well settled in the Premier League and it remains to be seen whether he can make an immediate impact at his new club and cement himself as a key first-team player now.

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Tony Tucker's Toupee
Tony Tucker's Toupee
1 month ago

Richarlison will be fine. He’s a big unit; a handful for opposition defenders and he works hard. He also knows the Premier League. The real benefit of this is that resting Kane before big games is now a viable option and Spurs have a credible player who can lead the line, in Kane’s absence, for whatever reason.

Yes his finishing could be better and yes he falls over a lot. However; he generally improves Spurs and the squad.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

Have we bought Destiny yet ….wow cosmic the universe and everything..

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

I just realised it’s Alan Hutton again.. LOL.. Don’t expect to see this guy on MOTD anytime soon.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

Father Jack..

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Billy Tonsils

Feck!

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

38 premier league matches, Champions League midweek, plus FA cup and League cup matches to play… The busy Christmas period always tests squads, sometimes four games in one week..
He will get plenty of opportunities to play.. We are finally looking like we have strength in depth for the first time since the Redknapp era.
It took Conte 6 months. One winter and one summer window and we already look a different outfit.. Having 50 odd million players on the bench is just fine.

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar
1 month ago

Conte will rotate Kane and Son more than Kulusevski in the next three months as Sweden aren’t in the World Cup, whereas England and South Korea are. Richarlison will play regularly because Conte will want to keep Son and Kane fresh for the post-January season. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kulusevski play almost every game up to mid-November because then he can have a two week rest/recovery period before a second 3-week pre-season. Richarlison will come on for 30 minutes most games he’s not starting to keep the front three from getting injuries due to going into the red zone….

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Interesting.

Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
1 month ago
Reply to  Rhys Jaggar

Convincing stuff. Do you come here often?

at large
at large
1 month ago

So we’ve played one game of which Richy was suspended and already he’s a squad player? lol

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  at large

I think he is a squad player mate.. He doesn’t start over Son, Kane or Koolio… But he’s a solid back up for all 3.

at large
at large
1 month ago

I think by season end Richarlison will be starting most games as Conte rotates Harry Sonny Kulu and even plays all 4 in an attacking formation.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
1 month ago

It never ceases to amaze me when I read comments about how good Richarlison is at tracking back and that he is great in getting into the faces of the opposition defenders. Nobody ever said that about Jimmy Greaves who was paid a great compliment by Bill Shankly who opinionated that he was the only player that he ever considered he might ask Liverpool to “man mark”. I thought that forwards in my naive and old fashioned memory were there to dribble, cross the ball and score goals. Perhaps Greaves and Pele wouldn’t have get into the current Spurs side because they wouldn’t have tracked back. I hope I’m wrong but £60 million for a player who’s good at tracking back is a lot of money. I would have preferred Luis Diaz whom we could have signed but Levy prevaricated as is his way. We all know what that has cost us over the years.

Kwakspur
Kwakspur
1 month ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

If Richarlison was just good at tracking back, Everton would be playing Championship football this season.

What makes you think Conte would waste 60m on a player that can’t do it all?

But you will see.
Enjoy the ride.

Last edited 1 month ago by kwakspur
Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

It’s almost as if the game has moved on, and teams can’t have passengers when out of possession.

Who’d have thought it?

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

Liverpool were actually in for Diaz before us, they were scouting him for time. They were intending to go for him in this summer window.. So when we went for him it triggered them in to action.. They persuaded him on a video phone call by showing him round the Liverpool trophy cabinet, they told him we need you so we can win more of these.

98 per cent of players would choose the Bindippers over us. They are a bigger club lets get real.

Richarlison is also an inverted winger, along with Koolio, Perisic, Spence.. Does this also cause despair?

Greavsie was just brilliant. But you’re talking 60 years ago when it was black and white TV, heavy cannonballs, muddy pitches, and simple basic tactics and preparation.. The game has changed so much.. Players now are athletes and science is behind everything from diet, training to resting.. The tactics are so much deeper, Cattenaccio, geggenpressing, tika taka, none of this existed in the 60s…. Evolution is a wonderful thing. Embrace it.. Up the Yids.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

We clearly didn’t offer him the money Liverpool did or better it, simple as that.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

This makes no sense when we then get Kulusevski in, and months later pay more for Richarlison and I’d guess bigger wages too

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  Park Lane

It makes perfect sense.

We haven’t paid for Kulusevski (as with Romero) yet and are we even paying him 100% of his Juventus salary?

You’re guessing Richarlison is on more wages than Diaz at Liverpool? On what basis?

I’d like to see Liverpool’s wage bill and structure compared to ours…

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

No sense at all….. Liverpools wage structure is very similar to ours, I’ve attempted to explain this before.. Look it all up online man.. Look things up before you write paragraphs of nonsense.

Diaz is on 56k a week at Liverpool… It wasn’t about money. Like I said above, that video call of their trophy cabinet persuaded him…
Pretty sure he was almost a done deal for us. Fees and terms were agreed. Liverpool swooped in the last minute.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  Marbella Spur

We didn’t get Diaz so we got Richarlison who’s not in the same class. Kulusevski who has been a very good loan signing so far will get a few goals but outside of Kane and Son there’s no regular source of goals. If Kane keeps dropping in to play a creative role because we lack a playmaker, you need players to get on the end of those passes and chances. Diaz would have been great….

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

No we got in Koolio instead of Diaz….. Who’s stats have been better?
I wouldn’t swap him for Diaz.

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

Koolio is four years younger than Diaz…. He scored more goals and three times more assists..

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago

I wonder what gems Hjtton will come up with next. It will be hard for Bissouma? Lenglet? Spence?

Average Joe OED
Average Joe OED
1 month ago

Richarlison has enough versatility to get plenty of minutes in several positions. He will get starts due to rotation and injuries, and may even work himself into a regular spot in an unexpected position. He is a hard worker.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

His versatility is the key to his signing in my opinion.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago

Liverpool made 5 players very happy when challenging for the front 3 positions last season.

It is absolutely ridiculous to suggest Richarlison will not start in our team at any point during the season. Signing players like Richarlison will only drive up the quality in the team. This is better than having bang average players like Bergwijn doing very little that is for sure. I wish him well, but good riddance. Richarlison is a definite step forward.

We need 16 top professional players to challenge for the trophies. Lloris, Romero, Perisic, Hojbjerg, Bissouma, Bentancur, Kulu, Son, Kane and Charlie is 10. I still need to see Lenglet in more Prem action and Dier could be dragged in to the fold if he continues to learn off Conte. Davies, Reggie, Sess, Emerson, Sanchez, Moura and Doherty will play this season, but it is in these areas we need to improve over the next few transfer windows.

It is getting better, but still more to do.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

You need depth and options, and to have half decent quality depth you have to pay the money. For years people trotted out this garbage about “nobody decent is gonna want to go Spurs and play play second fiddle to Kane”.

I always thought other big clubs managed to have decent depth in most positions, why not us? Levy’s anti-football mindset that’s why, it had nothing to do with Kane being ‘too good’. Not sure how impactful Richarlison will actually be for us but at least he’s done some decent stuff in the Premiership rather than being a complete punt.

We still look light at leftback/wingback and need another proven central defender. If we get those then it will have been a half decent window. The minimum requirement to complete within the top 4 while playing Champions League football. Nothing more and nothing less, just a bit better than the usual Levy dross…

Sonificent
Sonificent
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

Sadly agree. Conte won’t put up with that for long though.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

I agree with you. We have had a section of fans, fuelled by the media, stating we can’t replace our first teamers. The damage this did to Kane, Dembele, Rose, Eriksen, Tobes and Verts was plain to see. Now we have a section of the fanbase worried we spent big on a squad player. You just can’t win, but I think this is a very positive move. My Evertonian mates rate Richarlison highly. Who would our fans want to come off the bench or start, Bergwijn or Richarlison? That is what this transfer has done for us. Made us better.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  CowSpurs

Exactly, your bench needs to be almost as strong as your first 11 if you want to at least attempt to compete.

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