In Focus: Tottenham target Richarlison would add something different to the attack

According to reports in The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are keeping tabs on impressive Watford starlet Richarlison.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Mirror says that Spurs have been alerted to the impact the 20-year-old has made for the Hornets following an £11.5m move from Fluminense during the summer, with scouts from the north London outfit regularly watching Watford matches this season.

He has certainly been one of Marco Silva’s men’s standout players in what has been an impressive start to the campaign, despite the fact that they have lost their last three Premier League matches – including a 3-2 defeat against Everton last time after they surrendered a two-goal lead.

The Mirror says that the Brazilian possesses the pace, goal threat and versatility in attack that Mauricio Pochettino feels is a little short in his team right now.

How well has Richarlison done this season?

He has been excellent.

The 20-year-old has scored four goals in 11 Premier League games – it should be more had he taken some more of his chances in the defeat against Chelsea – despite operating on the left wing, while he has also provided three assists from the 14 chances he has created.

The Brazilian has shown his dribbling ability by successfully completing 21 of the 43 take-ons he has attempted, while he has also been fouled on 37 occasions in the top flight so far this term.

Would he be a good Tottenham signing?

He certainly would be.

A long-term injury problem for Erik Lamela and the likes of Georges-Kevin Nkoudou failing to make an impression mean that Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min don’t have too much competition in the attacking midfield roles, and Richarlison could certainly provide Eriksen with that on the left-hand side.

The 20-year-old has quickly adapted to life in the Premier League and his tally of goals and assists suggests he could make an impact for one of the bigger clubs in the division, but he may choose to stay with Watford at least until the end of the season.

Will Tottenham try to sign him in January?

It’s difficult to say.

Spurs don’t tend to do a lot of business in the New Year but if they are well placed in the Premier League and having already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, Pochettino may want to add to his attacking options to ensure that his team are able to challenge on both fronts in the second-half of the campaign.


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