Tottenham: Maw gives Richarlison ‘big moment’ prediction
James Maw of The Athletic has tipped a ‘big moment’ for Richarlison in a Tottenham Hotspur shirt before the end of the season.
The Lowdown: Slow start
Richarlison joined Antonio Conte’s side last summer, costing £60 million from fellow Premier League side Everton.
The Brazilian has yet to score a league goal so far this season but has provided three assists and netted two times in the Champions League.
Spurs’ number nine impressed many at the World Cup last winter, as he hit the back of the net three times in four tournament matches.
The Latest: ‘Big moment’ prediction
Maw predicted that Richarlison will deliver a huge moment for Tottenham before the season ends when speaking to The View From The Lane Podcast.
He stated (32:48), “I still think Richarlison is gonna have a big moment in this season. I just feel like there’s gonna be a big goal or an incredible game where we remember that as being the game where it kind of started for him or he made a big contribution to a big season.
“I just have that feeling with him, he just has that kind of energy of a player who provides a big moment and we saw that at the World Cup.”
The Verdict: The talent’s there
We believe that Richarlison has the tools to be a top talent at Spurs, it’s just whether he and Conte can work out how to do that.
When he played for Everton, the 25-year-old only failed to score a double-digit tally in one Premier League season. Richarlison scored 10 league goals last season, a campaign where the Toffees narrowly avoided relegation.
One potential issue in our view is his attitude, pundit Noel Whelan labelled him as ‘babyish’ when speaking to Football Insider.
Our view is that Richarlison shouldn’t be written off so soon, as it’s still the early stages of his and will need time to settle into a new team.
Having said that, we feel there will be immense pressure on him due to his hefty price tag, so for his sake he needs to start delivering sooner rather than later.