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Spurs’ second-biggest ever signing is my number one worry this season

By Harry Hotspur -

For me, Richarlison has been a curious acquisition, to put it mildly. He was bought by Everton for big bucks, for someone to build a team around, and it didn’t work. It looks like that might be an increasingly familiar story.

Looking at his career to date, every single side he’s played for has waited patiently for the Brazilian to spring into life. Never prolific for any club, in any division, Richarlison’s value has miraculously continued to rise. The most Premier League goals scored in any one season have been 13.

For all the flannel about the 25-year-old being a Brazilian international, he doesn’t score for them either. Just 6 career goals, in total.

For a blunt comparison; last season, Raheem Sterling scored 13 goals, his market value is iro £63million, Ilkay Gündogan scored 13 the 2021 season, his value is iro £22.5million Alexandre Lacazette also scored 13 times in the same season. and his value is iro £13.5 million according to Transfermarkt. The season before that Dominic Calvert-Lewin his iro £36million. The English players will naturally have an added home-grown element to their worth.

Therefore, I am struggling to understand how Richarlison, who incidentally has failed to ever chart in the top 20 assist chart since he arrived at these shores for Watford, back in 2017, has managed to keep accruing in value, to point that Daniel Levy is potentially comfortable blowing in excess of £50million.

I have the career data on this lad and issue a pitifully simple challenge to those that wish to continue to defend him, but a challenge which comes with a polite warning!

Please don’t sound like the lost souls who also had the misfortune to came to this place and disgrace themselves, defending the obviously sinking ship that was Dele Alli.

Explain to me what we get in language that will pass the scrutiny of a grown up, why anyone would seek to explain what Richarlison has ever offered anyone. And what he offers us, for the money. You ought to sound coherent in your defence.

So far, Antonio Conte has refused to place him in either of his Premier League starting XI’s.

On an upbeat note, the Brazilian has just had some fabulous ink work done.

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

Bring us the optimism then brother… We seem to have lost the Tappa, our morale officer… I was dubious about this signing from the start, but he is a Conte esq player, and he is versatile, and he does give us decent cover up top which we haven’t had since Defoe, Keano and Crouchy.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

I think he will be decent ..Kane was woeful prior to scoring v CFC ..we need a spark upfront Charlie is it.

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

👍

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

But here you are 🤷🏻‍♂️

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Lol.. He didn’t last long, his post has gone…. Which makes our posts look a bit weird as we were replying to him.

Bentoncure
Bentoncure
1 month ago

I must agree, however he will add some Bo11ox to the team and i think that is exactly why he was brought in he`s an aggressive agitating player who when he plays against you nobody likes, have we overpaid yes i think we have, but do we need that type of player only time will tell

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago

Lots of good common sense written in the comments. We did overpay, but as we got some money for Bergwijn I see this as an upgrade. To get a player who knows the EPL and performs well we were going to pay over the odds, especially as Everton didn’t want to lose him. However, Richarlison is direct, angry, nasty and can run in behind. This stretches a defence and few will want to go up against him. Kane and Kulu do lack pace and so defences are not worried of what goes in behind, maybe with Son and Richarlison on the pitch together our options are more positive. We just need someone to pass to them!

His numbers are not stellar, but he was playing for Watford and Everton for heaven’s sake. This lad was well thought of by Evertonians and if our extra quality can push him on to better stats then this signing might not be so much of a worry.

Richarlison is still far cheaper than Arsenal’s Pepe, so although the table of money spent is damning for how we went about our business in the past I want to look forward with Richarlison.

I tend not to read much in to international statistics. They con you into thinking someone is a world beater when players invariably play against a load of tosh or weakened friendly teams until they get to the knockout stages of tournament football. Even then, particularly in South America how many good teams are there?

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

I agree that he’s going to be useful to the squad depth and as an option. Doesn’t get in our strongest 11 though…

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

Agreed, but he’ll get plenty of chances to start and that can rest any of the top 3. It’s a marathon not a sprint. Who knows who’ll get injured throughout the season too. We needed competition in attack but we were desperate for WB. What was more pressing? Conte has shown he can pack the defence with any old Herbert and do well.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago

Richarlison actually has 14 goals for Brazil, not 6.

36 appearances, but loads must be sub as only 2080 minutes total. A goal every 149 minutes…pretty good that is.

Obviously playing with better players improves him, like he is now for Spurs

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

‘We’ll have to wait and see’ I think is the key to this…

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  East Stand.

Well, yes. The whole article is unneccesary.

He has been available for one game so far, came on and helped us get a result. He was never going to start over our front three immediately, especially not after a 4-1 romp.

I don’t think he played very well against Chelsea to be honest, but what he did was show a bit of fight. Which none of the front three did up until then, they were incredibly meek and let themselves be physically dominated. Richarlison definitely gave us a lift as a side in that respect, we looked more up for it when he came on.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Maybe use your eyes, we all watched the game. Go to fbref and look at his numbers for this though. He is up there with the best in terms of fighting to win the ball back.

His attacking PL numbers need to improve, but he has better players now. We judge that in May.

Sometimes you just need a player to scrap when the side isn’t playing well. To lift others.

Last edited 1 month ago by Park Lane
Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

It’s clear you’d made your mind up on Richarlison before he’d even kicked a competitive ball for us.

Factual errors in the original post above too, and you pulled me up for not dealing in facts the other day.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

For a wide support forward (which Richarlison largely has been throughout his PL career) one you get in to the teens for goals you are on the right track. For a bad side this is pretty exceptional

By the Summer of 2020, the most league goals Sonny had scored in a season was 14.

Mane. His league returns at Saints were 11 and 10. His first two at Liverpool were 13 and 10.

Diogo Jota got 9, 7, and 9 for Wolves.

Salah got 14, 15 in the two seasons before his move to Liverpool, never double figures before it.

Ronaldo’s.first three seasons at United he got 5, 7, and 2.

Drogba’s first two for Chelsea were 10 and 12.

I could go on. You get the point.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

I will add his numbers for Brazil are good….very good in fact, even for a 9 (which he is sometimes for them).

14 goals in 2080 minutes. A goal every 149 minutes.

He also has 6 assists. That means a goal contribution every 104 minutes.

https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/richarlison/nationalmannschaft/spieler/378710

Last edited 1 month ago by Park Lane
Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Not sure what you want?

Proof he has been really prolific for a team?
Check.

Proof that his goal record in the PL stands up to other players who signed for big clubs for big money.
Check.

Facts, huh

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

LOL

Dat der Guywidnohair
Dat der Guywidnohair
1 month ago

Bizarre comparisons. Gundogan is past his peak, Lacazette is way past his peak, Calvert Lewin is consistently injured and briefly scored a few goals under Ancelotti when he had Richarlison running and putting in crosses for him. Work rate, physicality, age, are all on his side. Scoring 13 in low quality teams like Watford and Everton is more impressive than doing so at Oil Money FC and Arsenal. We overpaid, but it’s done now, up to Conte to figure out how to use that work rate and strength

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

No one at Spurs is going to look particularly good without a Creative midfielder coming in ..as for playing with wing backs difficult if the opposition shut you down with the high press and both wing backs just ain’t that good.
Romero is out ..now we will see how good Dier is.Perhaps Cuti could apply to become an Englishman in 5 years and drag Eric into Southgate’s England squad.
I haven’t really got over the utter chaos of Spurs first 60 mins v CFC…maybe Levy is picking up a grant from the Arts Council..

Last edited 1 month ago by Billy Tonsils
Average Joe OED
Average Joe OED
1 month ago

You make a solid comparative case for why it is too much to pay for him.

It is going to take at least half a season to even begin to justify that price – if it indeed can ever be justified.

Possible factors (SPECULATIVE) behind paying that price:

One potentially big factor – Possibly had to pay more to get the deal done early enough for preseason.

Positional versatility across the front 3 possibly a factor.

Industrious play possibly a factor.

Hard attitude on the pitch possibly a factor in a historically “nice” squad.

Again, I do not think that price tag can be justified at this time.

The speculation below is only based on my own perception of doing business with Daniel Levy. In dealings where I had competing buyers, there are certain phone calls that I would only take a few times before the 86.

This is just my own personal opinion, but I also suspect that with a lot of clubs out there, in order to compete with and beat out other suitors, Spurs have to offer a “Levy tariff” – a higher than expected amount to counter the historical lowball and long, niggling barter antics with which Levy built such a negative image over the years. Clubs do not want to deal with that.

Last edited 1 month ago by Average Joe OED
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago

I think both Richy and Sterling are overpriced.. We probably overpaid for the Brazilian because the manager wanted him.. I see no problem in this.. We will make some duff signings under Conte, all managers and clubs do. What’s important is keeping the manager happy. Giving him the tools he needs and wants to work with.. As long as only 1 or 2 out of 10 signings flop, then we still move forward… If 5 or 6 or more out of 10 flop then we go backwards..
Look at Conte’s records and results with players, we’ll be fine.

Stig
Stig
1 month ago

Suspended for 1st game

Kwakspur
Kwakspur
1 month ago

Looks like we might be getting a playmaker in Ruslan Malinovskyi, seems like he’s the Ukrainian Ward-Prose.

Another player from Atalanta, we are 1 from 2 so far.

Looks like a decent short term solution.

Marbella Spur
Marbella Spur
1 month ago

It’s a bit early to tell how useful he will be to Spurs but I would have preferred to have seen a more prolific centre forward who is a natural goal scorer to come on for Kane when needed, Vlahovic, for example. I do think however that he’s overpriced at circa £60 million, certainly compared to Jesus at circa £45 million who can score goals. I am always surprised when I read supporters applauding Richarlison, who let’s not forget is a forward, for getting in the defence’s face and putting them under constant pressure. I never recall reading that this was a necessary attribute for a forward. I also don’t remember Messi, Neymar and Greaves for example being lauded for their backtracking and “terrorising” defences with their aggression but they were feared and some still are for the right reasons.
Time will tell but I was never keen on this signing and I still have my doubts that selling Bergwijn was a good idea.
As for Delli Alli, a sad but only too predictable parable of our times. A man child who became both spoilt and petulant and who was unable take good advice. Hasta la vista Delli Alli, you won’t be coming back.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

Definitely overpriced, but might be a useful pawn in the game this season. I do not ever see him in our first choice starting 11. Which makes the fee look even more disproportionate to his role. Bit of an odd transfer all in all, but I think Conte will make some use of him…

dancingbarber
dancingbarber
1 month ago

Start with the price. Way too much, but it’s all silly money and not his fault. Levy – back your manager – woah I’m not paying that – Levy never backs his managers. Levy can’t win either way, but nice to see a list of transfers that he has backed his managers with. Now its oh what a waste. FFS.
Richie could be compared to Lukalu useless before Conte, lets see what happens when Antonio works his magic.
In 4th spot 2 games in and the disaster is upon boys are out again. Get back in your boxes.

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago

He couldn’t start v Saints as he was suspended, but that’s only a fact so can’t be taken as gospel.

13 goals is not anything to be sniffed at, especially when you are often played from a wide position. Manchester City’s top scorer last season only got 15, their second best was 13.

Probably best to wait and see him on the pitch for us for a few games.

God is a Spurs fan
God is a Spurs fan
1 month ago

Spot on blog as usual. Totally agree!
Did Conte want Richarlison? Unlikely. When you look at the other signings we’ve made it’s hard to believe that Conte had any input at all.
Ivan Perisic is definitely not a Conte signing. They’ve worked together before, why would he want the same player again? Very fishy!
Paratici and Conte obviously have a very poor relationship. They’re like strangers!
Richarlison being banned for the first game is no excuse either. If Conte really rated him he would of found some way of getting him on the pitch. I’m pretty certain of that.
It is only 2 games in and as you said why wait until the end of the season when you can’t do anything about it!
I’d like to be a fly on the wall when you sit down with Conte, Paratici & Levy and share your insights, That ‘ll learn ‘em!

THFC
THFC
1 month ago

Are we all on post approval or am I the lucky one. Who invited this guy.

Seam
Seam
1 month ago
Reply to  THFC

In God we trust👍
Can’t wait until HH gets his coaching badges and becomes a coach!!! Everything will be perfect then

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

Are you being serious? Or taking sarcasm to an hilarious new level?

Paranoid Android
Paranoid Android
1 month ago

Definitely sarcasm…..

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

None of our coaches make transfer decisions. They go along with what the club want to do or they don’t, it’s that simple. And we probably aren’t the only club like this…

Simon Dweck
Simon Dweck
1 month ago

Interesting to see that the only player in our top ten buys to provide any real return on their purchase price is Son. Who comes in at 10th. Awful decision making by the club really.

Paddio
Paddio
1 month ago

I’m going to reach on this, I’m totally guessing, a punt but I can only think the club (or whoever) feel he’s a Martinez style forward and plan b is Kane stays up front as a 9 rather than so many times dropping back.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

In other news, but on topic. Seems Everton have already had enough of Dele.

Possibly Turkey bound. Ironic, Dele & Turkey in the same sentence.

Tomorrow Never Dyche
Tomorrow Never Dyche
1 month ago

He was suspended for the first game, so he wasn’t left out by Conte for 2 games.

None of our new signings have started yet, so that alone as some kind of barometer is invalid.

But here’s the kicker: Conte wanted him. And that’s all we ever read about on here. “Back your manager”.

Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Yes….Daniel ”this or nothing!”…Conte ”this”…

Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
Steve 'Killer Cushion' Williams
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

The fact he’s still here is evidence.. He would be out the door otherwise.

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

Evidence that he’s happy to bring him in and use him, Conte wouldn’t have ‘wanted’ someone else if the club were willing to get them?

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Conte would have preferred that forward from Inter, perhaps Diaz or any forward that has better stats at a higher level. Coming from Everton via Watford makes him effectively a player who’s never played in the Champions League by the time he’s 27. He’s not a ‘top level’ forward, if he was Watford wouldn’t have been his first English club and Everton his second.

Conte couldn’t come up with forwards he would have preferred? He’ll take him, probably feels he’ll help tye cause but ‘wanted’ and ‘accepted’ are two entirely different things. Jose wanted Stevie B and Rodon over players available at the time? I think not….

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Dan Pink
Dan Pink
1 month ago

I think we wouldn’t be having this discussion if paid below £30mil for him. Our main forwards are prolific and we need someone who can slot in and be solid when called upon.

They also need to be content on playing back up. We saw how frustrated Stevie B was getting sitting on the bench although he didn’t make the most of his chances.

I understand the transfer but the price was way off!

East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago
Reply to  Dan Pink

Exactly, he’s a 35m max in the current market. After the failure to get Diaz over the line we were desperate for a proven forward. Which is why Everton got the fee they did, Levy being penny wise and pound foolish as usual…

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Tony Tucker's Toupee
Tony Tucker's Toupee
1 month ago

I’m going to back Richarlison to improve at Spurs. I will use Sonny to backup my instincts regarding this matter.

Two years ago Son was 28 years old. His totals for goals scored at this point in his Spurs career were as follows;

15 / 16 – four goals
16 / 17 – fourteen goals
17-18 – twelve goals
18 – 19 – twelve goals
19 – 20 – eleven goals

53 league goals in 160 games

Over 5 seasons at Everton Richarlison has bagged;

43 league goals in 135 games

Richarlison has scored similar season upon season numbers to Son while playing in an arguably inferior line up; particularly from an attacking perspective.

Maybe the boy is about to enter his purple patch at age 25?

Last edited 1 month ago by The Hurrah Brigade
East Stand.
East Stand.
1 month ago

He needs to at that money…

Rod Kierkegaard
Rod Kierkegaard
1 month ago

Cruel but fair.

Eddie
Eddie
1 month ago

It is very worrying when you look at the above list of our expensive signings and see how few of them actually succeeded.A damning verdict on the world famous scouting duo of Levy/Hitchens.

At least Hitchens has left the premises,that only leaves Levy.May that be sooner rather than later.

I hope Richarlison makes it with us,he will prove to be a nuisense no doubt,but we need more than that.I have my doubts.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago
Reply to  Eddie

a nuisense no doubt,but we need more than that’

The worst I see him being is a more consistent/competent Lamela – and there’s 100% a spot in the squad for such. For £50/£60 million? There’s the risk.

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

You kind of expect more than a nuisance for 50m, or is that the going rate now?

judge
judge
1 month ago

This lad has scored 14 goals in 36 internationals for B-R-A-Z-I-L .
By any standards that is good/very good = he is 25 = big and strong , right and left-footed, good down both flanks and better than average in the air . Pacy but stamina -laden and despite his reputation for falling over , he appears tohave a good disciplinary record ,.
Now play the game here , he deserves his chance without being destroyed first .
I expect him to be a success , despite the fee being ¬”too much to pay .
Give him a break………. he may just be the man ??????

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

A case of wait and see, obviously Jesus has hit the ground running so would be nice if he does justify the comparable price tags.

Versatility was a key factor…at the very least he should be providing quality cover for Son and Kane but really, for the money it is reasonable to expect more than him just being an upgrade on your Jannsen/Vinicius/Lamela types.

If a combo of Charli, Perisic, Romero and Bissouma can ‘toughen us up’ rather than being a typical soft centered PL era Spurs side with the one ‘Freund type’ (currently Hojbjerg) trying to be the last man standing who’ll put a foot in then that’d be huge.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

I wasn’t convinced that this signing was beneficial to the squad. As stated, Everton signed him with a view building a team around him. The rationale being with better players sound him he’ll become a world beater.

Problem is, we are talking about Everton. A poor side. Who, for a good few years have operated with average Joe players. Was he ever going to be the player they hoped for with what he had to play with ?

As sceptical as I am about him I do feel he made a difference when he came on Sunday. Yes, he wants to make an impression, for me it was a positive one.

Jury’s still out, but a good run in the team will tell us more. Judging him on the minutes played so far is premature imo.

Lord Croker
Lord Croker
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

👍

TheArmaDylo
TheArmaDylo
1 month ago

Gotta say HH I completely agree with you here – never understood the hype and couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed once it was announce that he signed. I just don’t see where he’s going to fit into the starting team – and as a back up forward he’s damn expensive. Even at 25 he’s yet to really make his mark…anywhere.

That said he dies strengthen our squad. And I would only assume that he has a bit more pep in his step to achieve now that he’s with a ‘better’ team (compared to Eve/Wat). The dreamer in me say ‘this is where he kicks on’ but the realist in me says he’s another expensive acquisition that will ultimately flop. I do wish him well but he’s yet to convince me.

CzechSpur
CzechSpur
1 month ago

I don’t have the numbers but it seemed (I know, I know) he helped change things around along with AC’s tactical shift on Sunday. Son did next to nothing right all game (same for Kulu), and Richarlison at least puts himself about and is a nuisance for defenders. He offers something else and is a runner who likes to fight.

My hope (I know, I know) is he could turn out to be – a more expensive – Mané for us, with both having approximately 1 goal in 3 for their previous, much inferior, clubs.

Is that hope enough to warrant splashing 60M? Not sure. I’m far from ready to hop on the Richie bandwagon. He has to produce the goods in a major way to justify that outlay, and seeing him on that atrocious list above only furthers my suspicions.

Excepting Son, how do we keep spending large sums so horribly?

Park Lane
Park Lane
1 month ago
Reply to  CzechSpur

Jota had a dreadful record for Wolves.

Son up until 2020 had never got more than 14 league goals for any side.

We could go on really.

The truth is, not many players hit 20 league goals (Michael Owen never did for example) , and if you get near 15 as a support forward that is a great return.

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
1 month ago

Ermmmm he’s a great lad to have around the place

Sergei Redrum
Sergei Redrum
1 month ago

Hm, perhaps Everton view it as karma; collecting the dollar for Richarlison to cover the fact that they’re trying (and struggling, it seems) to bump Dele Alli out to Besitkas on loan. Still, am sure Rich has a good FIFA 23 potential score and that’s what matters in this non fungible era of ours.

judge
judge
1 month ago

Richarlison has never played in/for a club with the scope of Tottenham Hotspur .
It is obvious that a] he brings power /presence to the front line b] he is good/great cover for any that go ‘missing’ in games [ take Sunday for example ] c] he is also an aerial presence [ something that the K-men [ Kane , Kulu and the Korean ] are short of , Sonny especially.
So give him his chance , he has done well in poor sides , lets see what he can achieve in a decent one . I feel we’ll be pleasantly surprised ………………. C O Y S !!!!

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago

I’m ok with him H.
No doubt we paid top whack+ (I’m sure it was £50m to start with not the £60m journalists keep quoting ((add ons)) ) and Jesus was cheaper but he wanted guaranteed game time and THFC have……………..H Kane.
I followed his cameo at Rent Boy FC and he does what it says on the tin – puts himself about makes the double defenders marking Son & Kane think again. Although Harry can more than look after himself as Im sure Kulu can none of the 3 are nasty battlers to shake up an opposing defence but this boy will.
Better than Lamela/Bergwijn (& Moura)for sure I wonder how long before he has a start over Kulu or dare I say even Son.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

I’m also ok with him. The big teams don’t just rotate their forwards based on fitness/injury – they rotate them due to form and tactics.

I think Richarlison is good enough to be seen as a top choice option along with Kulu, Kane and Son.

Bergwijn, Lamela and Moura were so obviously consigned to being ‘lesser’ alternatives and only called for in easier games’ or when the ‘better’ players were injured.

at large
at large
1 month ago

The game changed when Richarlison entered simple as.

at large
at large
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

What can I say? I like Richarlison. He brings something different to proceedings. He can fill in as a competent 9 when Harry is knackered or injured. He can play on the wing or in the middle. He can run at people and has tight control. But mostly he is far better than anyone else we’ve had on the bench in recent years.

Sandro
Sandro
1 month ago

Conte couldn’t pick him for the first game as he was suspended. He did not change the starting 11 from the Saints game (a winning team).

That being said I never thought of him as a signing who immediately improves our first 11 – I think only Perisic falls into that category – I understood Richarlison to be a signing that the manager wanted (from the available options).

Conte made it clear that Spence was a club signing, and good on him for that because it will explain why the lads playing time is most likely limited this season. I am fairly confident that he was therefore actively keen on the others signings (if not, why not say so like he did with Spence?)

So because Conte was enthusiastic about Richarlison we got him in prior to pre-season tour and most likely paid over the odds because of the timing. But isn’t that what many of us have been crying out for – the club to back the manager and buy early rather than last minute?

I get his stats are not great and I was not particularly wowed by his signing either, but I think I understand why he was signed (as outlined above) and only really care what he does for us, so will judge him based on his time at Spurs.

Brick Top
Brick Top
1 month ago

An upgrade on Bergwijn, but Jesus was probably the better option. In any case, we needed an attacker and I think he’ll do well enough. What we need now is a creative midfielder. It should be obvious to anyone who’s seen us play. We also need an upgrade on Dier as we’ll never win a CL final with him on the pitch. That might not happen until next summer, but I’ll be mad if Skriniar goes to Cheatski or PSG on deadline day. As we couldn’t get Bremer, he’s the one. Do whatever it takes to get him now.

THFC
THFC
1 month ago

He’s good at winning (conning refs into giving) freekicks around the box on top of the goals he scores, add a decent set-piece coach into the equation and he could end up a decent signing.

Better than Moura/Lamela/Bergwijn/Gil etc. and therefore I’d say a decent squad player, but we overpaid to get him in early doors at Conte’s request.

THFC
THFC
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Conte wanted transfers done early doors as was widely reported at the time. Nowhere do I state he’s a Conte pick. Nice try though 😉

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.footballinsider247.com/expert-expects-tottenham-transfer-updates-this-week-after-what-antonio-conte-told-journalists/%3famp

Last edited 1 month ago by THFC
nicoclaesenmalemodel
nicoclaesenmalemodel
1 month ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

“Never argue with an idiot, they just drag you down to their level”
said my old man looking directly at me

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