Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge has claimed Tottenham Hostpur ace Richarlison is ‘undroppable’ for their upcoming Champions League clash – and Son Heung-min could therefore be left on the bench on Tuesday night.
The Lilywhites got their Champions League campaign underway in tremendous fashion as they won 2-0 thanks to a brace from summer signing Richarlison in what was his first appearance in the competition.
They now prepare for their second outing as they face Sporting on Tuesday evening. Since the result, there have been some debates over who would find themselves in the starting lineup after the Brazilian’s wonderful performance.
And during a recent interview on Sky Sports, Bridge claimed that Richarlison is ‘undroppable’, claiming he wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Son sit out on the bench for this upcoming game as Conte chooses between the South Korean and Dejan Kulusevski on the wing.
Bridge said: “For me, Richarlison now is currently undroppable, so it’s really between Dejan Kulusevski and Son. This might be the game where Son sits out. There’s no word of ‘dropped’, for me, it’s just Antonio Conte has the luxury now of having a very, very good forward off the bench. And of course with the five subs now, they’re all going to be used, but for me, Richarlison is in such great form at the moment.”
TIF Thoughts on Bridge’s comments…
When looking at the pair’s form during the start of the season in the Premier League and Champions League, it is not surprising that Bridge believes Richarlison could in fact start over Son, who has become a legendary figure at the club after his last couple of seasons.
The Brazilian international has picked up two goals and two assists in his first six games across all competitions, including his brace against Marseille which sealed the win. Meanwhile, Son has managed just one assist in seven games – a far cry from the four goals and one assist he managed in his first seven games of last season.
While Son recently claimed he is ‘not worried’ about his form and will ‘do what the team needs’, if he is to be benched for Richarlison, the alarm bells may start ringing. We feel Conte would be absolutely right to drop Son on his recent form, and it will be interesting to see if it sparks anything in the player.
Although, as Bridge suggests, this may be another opportunity to simply rotate as the game pile up ahead of the World Cup.
Should Richarlison start over Son?