Robbie Fowler says it's easy to dislike Spurs star who's like Luis Suarez
Robbie Fowler has told the Sunday Mirror (27/11; page 79) that Richarlison is a bit like Luis Suarez as it is easy to dislike the Tottenham Hotspur star, but suggested that his fantastic work-ethic does not get enough credit.
Richarlison is being lauded after guiding Brazil to victory in their World Cup opener this week. The 25-year-old scored twice in the second-half to see off Serbia.
And he has already provided a contender for the goal of the tournament. His second came as he produced a stunning overhead kick after controlling Vinicius Jr’s cross.
Easy to dislike Richarlison
It was a moment of magic from Richarlison. Nevertheless, former Italy striker Antonio Cassano bizarrely labelled him ‘terrible’ in the wake of that performance.
And Fowler has suggested why Richarlison does divide opinion. But he insisted that that does nothing to change the fact that he is a world-class talent that most fans would love to have.
“He loves the big stage, the bigger the game the better. Yes, he is at times one of those players you can easily dislike because of his unsavoury antics,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
“In that respect, he’s probably got a bit of Luis Suarez in him.
“Suarez could antagonise but everyone would have him in their side – and that’s now the case with Richarlison.
“I’ve got a lot of mates who watch Everton and the one thing they all mentioned about Richarlison was his fantastic work-ethic.
“Sometimes that goes unnoticed because of his flamboyant goal attempts etc, but he does work hard and hates losing, which is never a bad thing.”
Everton would have certainly not stayed in the Premier League last season if it had not been for Richarlison’s goals. And he has already produced some big moments for Tottenham.
His brace decided their Champions League clash with Marseille. And ultimately, that proved to be absolutely vital with all four teams standing a chance of winning the group ahead of the final match day.
Brazil were grateful to him for his two goals against Serbia. And with Neymar now sidelined for a couple of games, Richarlison’s importance to Tite and Selecao has only increased.
Those two goals should ensure that Richarlison keeps his place. Of course, he had Gabriel Jesus pushing him for a spot leading the line.
Jesus has not been prolific this season. But he has had a wonderful campaign so far with Arsenal.
He is still waiting in the wings. But Richarlison’s stock has probably never been higher.
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