Tottenham supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Serie A champions Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie in Turin on Tuesday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the Italian giants off the back of beating North London rivals Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley in their preceding encounter, a result which moved them seven points clear of the Gunners in the Premier League table. Yet they didn’t make the best of starts at the Juventus Stadium as a Gonzalo Higuain brace gave the hosts a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes, before goals from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen deservedly secured a draw for Spurs, thus making them favourites for progression when the two sides meet at the national stadium in three weeks’ time.
Consequently, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are daring to dream about what their team could go on to achieve this season, be it in Europe or in domestic competition.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to discuss, not least recent comments from reported target Richarlison refusing to rule out a move away from Watford in the future.
And although Spurs have been linked with the 20-year-old, it’s a move they simply must avoid in the summer, as the winger has seen his form drastically tail off in recent times to cast some doubts over his capabilities in the English top-flight.
Ultimately, Richarlison made a sensational start to life in the Premier League following his summer move from Fluminense, netting five goals and five assists in his opening 17 appearances to suggest that the Hornets had unearthed an absolute gem.
However, it’s not hugely uncommon for a player to come to England from abroad and make a fine start, what with opposition players and managers knowing little about that individual’s strengths and weaknesses – he certainly caught everyone by surprise.
But things have come to a shuddering halt for the 20-year-old, having failing to score for Watford since their 2-0 win over West Ham back in November, and failing to record an assist since their defeat to Crystal Palace prior to Christmas – ten league games have passed that Palace loss.
Whether opposition defences have cottoned on to the winger’s strengths and are now nullifying him, or the man himself has run of steam after such a fast start, remains to be seen, but whatever it is that has plunged him into woeful form must be of concern to Pochettino’s Tottenham.
Questions will now be asked about Richarlison’s suitability to the Premier League, whether his first few months were a fluke and this is now his level, questions that point to the answer that Spurs simply must avoid shelling out a huge sum of money to bring him to North London.
Yes, Pochettino has worked wonders with young players in the past and may well do so again with the 20-year-old, but his last ten games for Watford suggests that he still has a lot more to prove before any top six side can justify spending what is likely to be a hefty fee on his services.
As such, Tottenham should forget about a move for the £18 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
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