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“Not one of my favourite”, “complaining and dramatic” – Pundit singles out Spurs star after his performance against Everton

By Mehdi Gokal -

BBC pundit Garth Crooks was full of praise for Tottenham star after his performance against Everton.

Despite the match ending in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, the encounter showcased thrilling moments. Richarlison, facing his former team, swiftly put Everton ahead with a goal within five minutes.

However, Everton’s persistent threat from set pieces led to a quick equaliser from Calvert-Lewin off a corner.

Richarlison later struck again with a stunning long-range goal, seemingly securing victory for Everton.

However, in a dramatic turn of events, a late stoppage-time goal from Jarrad Branthwaite snatched a point off Spurs.

While Spurs only managed to earn a point, there was a notable positive for them as Richarlison continued his impressive run of form.

With his brace, Richarlison has now netted nine goals in his last eight Premier League matches, playing a crucial role in securing six valuable points for Spurs.

This recent display prompted praise from BBC pundit Crooks, who, despite previously expressing reservations about Richarlison’s demeanour, acknowledged his recent transformation.

Crooks commended Richarlison’s outstanding goal and respectful conduct towards his former club’s fans, highlighting his newfound maturity and sportsmanship.

He said (via BBC Sport):

“Tottenham and Everton fans will know that Richarlison is not one of my favourite players. In the past he has been petulant, complaining and dramatic, bordering on infantile, but since the departure of Son Heung-min to the Asian Cup the Brazilian has shown a side to himself I didn’t think he possessed.

“His goal, not to mention his performance in the 3-2 win against Brentford, was outstanding while his conduct having scored two goals in the 2-2 draw at Everton four days later was as respectful as I have seen from any footballer towards a former club.

“Not only did Richarlison recognise the significance of the goals, but the devastating effect it may have on Everton’s future. To put his hands together and bow in an apologetic gesture to the Gwladys Street End was about as respectful as it gets.”

As Spurs prepare to face Brighton next, manager Ange will undoubtedly hope for Richarlison to maintain his exceptional form.

The potential return of Bissouma and Son from international duties could further bolster Spurs’ line-up for the upcoming fixture, although their involvement this weekend remains uncertain.

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