Tottenham Hotspur’s new £60m signing Richarlison has been unconvincing so far this season.
That is according to former Spurs footballer Jason Cundy, who was speaking on TalkSport following Spurs’ 2-0 Champions League defeat at Sporting.
The 25-year-old has only started one Premier League match this season, with Harry Kane being Antonio Conte’s preferred choice to lead the line.
Since signing from Everton this summer, Richarlison is yet to score in the Premier League for Spurs, though he did grab a brace in their 2-0 Champions League victory over Marseille last week.
However, Cundy has singled out the 36-time Brazil international as being “unconvincing” following Spurs’ poor showing at Sporting this week.
He said: “Richarlison’s unconvincing. I’m not convinced he’s going to be the man that’s going to get goals.
“He might have performances; I’m not convinced he’s going to get [goals].
“His record suggests that’s [his brace against Marseille] not going to be the Richarlison we see.
“He’s not a 15-20 goals a season man.”
TIF Thoughts on Cundy’s comments…
Whilst we do agree with Cundy and believe that Richarlison is unlikely to get 15+ goals for Spurs this season, we do think he will be a valuable asset to Conte’s side.
The Nova Venécia-born forward has scored 48 goals and provided 20 assists during his 178 Premier League appearances across spells at Watford, Everton and Spurs, suggesting that he is unlikely to score goals to the extent that Kane does.
In terms of forwards, however, he does help with his defensive efforts from the front, ranking in the top 2% of forwards across Europe’s top five leagues and European competition for blocks per 90 minutes (1.60) and the top 4% for interceptions per 90 (0.86) over the last 365 days, according to FBref.
Therefore, we think that whilst Richarlison could do with grabbing a few more goals per season, his qualities complement those of Kane, and the pair could form a brilliant partnership once they build up their on-field chemistry.