Few paid much attention when Watford announced an £11.2million deal for relatively unknown Brazilian Richarlison during the summer. Vicarage Road has seen countless players come and go under the Pozzos, just as European football has seen countless young Brazilians imported from South America struggle with the physicality of our game before fading into obscurity.
Richarlison though, already looks something truly special; an immensely natural talent who has the pace and guile to take on defenders, the technical quality and vision to create chances and the intelligence to get into great scoring positions – a combination that has seen him produce four goals and two assists already this season.
Considering how competitive the English top flight is these days, that marks a phenomenal return from a 20-year-old’s first ten Premier League fixtures, which in itself is a testament to his character.
But when taking a closer look at Richarlison, we perhaps shouldn’t be so surprised he’s acclimatised so quickly; alongside his obvious Selecao flair, there’s a physical and aggressive edge to his game – Swansea City’s Jordan Ayew is the only forward to make more tackles in the Premier League than Richarlison this season.
That perhaps explains why Mirror Football claim Tottenham Hotspur are already eyeing the 5 foot 10 attacker, despite him signing for the Canaries just a matter of months ago. The ability to press high is an integral part of Mauricio Pochettino’s game-plan and Richarlison has already shown he has not only the tools but also the willingness to fit into that energetic philosophy.
Likewise, although Fernando Llorente arrived in the summer, it still feels as if Tottenham need another option in attack to truly challenge for the title, one who can provide them with more natural width or the ability to threaten space behind when deployed centrally.
The versatile Brazilian can address both of those issues within the squad – so, should be on Tottenham’s transfer hit list for January? Let us know by voting below…