Everton winger Richarlison blazed a really poor penalty over the crossbar during his side’s Carabao Cup shoot-out defeat against Southampton at Goodison Park on Tuesday night, and their Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur should be relieved that they didn’t sign the Brazilian.
Weird run up ✅
Stutter before strike ✅
Sky it over the bar ✅
How NOT to take a penalty, by Richarlison! ? pic.twitter.com/UjhtH2QJW0
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) October 3, 2018
Well, The Mirror reported back in June that Spurs were keen to sign the attacker should they miss out on Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, and given that proved to be the case Mauricio Pochettino surely considered making a move for the 21-year-old.
The high price tag placed upon his head likely put the north London outfit off however, with Richarlison eventually completing a move to Goodison Park for a reported initial fee of £40m.
Tottenham went on to fail to bring in a single player throughout the window, but they shouldn’t be losing too much sleep over not getting the Brazil international.
Even though the former Hornet has scored three goals in five Premier League appearances and mad a big impression on his debut for his country already this season, he has also shown some big weakness as well.
The Brazilian picked up a first-half red card after clashing with Adam Smith during his side’s draw with Bournemouth in August, which meant that he missed three matches through suspension.
He has failed to score or assist since returning to the field, and he showed a real level of arrogance and naivety with his stuttering run up and spot-kick against Southampton in front of his own supporters as Marco Silva’s men were knocked out of the cup.
It certainly looks as though Tottenham have dodged a bullet in many ways even with the talent he clearly has, and it’s hard to imagine that he would have been a good fit for the team from the capital.
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