TalkSPORT pundit says Richarlison is 'unconvincing' after Tottenham's defeat to Sporting Lisbon yesterday
Spurs weren’t great in Portugal yesterday. After an awful first half, they got better, and it looked like they would take a point back home. However, lapses in concentration at the very end of the game cost them two goals.
Jason Cundy says Tottenham star Richarlison is ‘unconvincing’
Antonio Conte preferred Richarlison over Dejan Kulusevski once again yesterday. The Brazilian has been the talk of the town after his excellent brace against Marseille last week.
Spurs fans were hoping for the same from their big-money summer signing against Sporting, but sadly, the Brazilian couldn’t deliver the goods.
Cundy enjoyed the fact that Tottenham lost in Portugal yesterday. He branded them as ‘Spursy’ and went on to criticise Richarlison for his ‘unconvincing’ display.
The pundit said on talkSPORT: “It wasn’t brilliant, but I don’t know how Spurs have lost that game. Trust me, I was delighted as soon as Spurs conceded because there was a little bit of Spursy-ness about that, there was.
You’ve had a good start to the season result-wise, but performance-wise? Unconvincing. I’ve never come away from a Spurs game and gone ‘wow, they’re going to cause problems.’
“Spurs had half chances. Richarlison is unconvincing. I’m not convinced that he’s the man to get goals. He might have performances, but I’m not convinced that he’ll get goals. He’s not 15-20 goals a season man, he’s not. Tonight, we saw that. We saw that he’s not the man who will dig you out of a situation.
“Harry Kane is the man. He’s still the man. If Kane doesn’t score in games that are tight, where are the goals?”
Tottenham, in general, weren’t great yesterday until Kulusevski came on in the second half. Sporting had the better chances in the opening 45 minutes, and some would even argue that they should’ve been ahead.
However, Spurs had their moments too and they could’ve easily scored. Richarlison had a goal disallowed for offside, he set Kane through on goal early in the second half, and remained a threat for most parts of the game.
Cundy’s criticism of Richarlison may just be a bit too harsh, but he may be right about Richarlison not being a 20-goals-a-season man.
It will be interesting to see if Richarlison will keep his place in the side this weekend.