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Richarlison has played himself into undroppable status at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur‘s £60m summer signing Richarlison has become an instant hit with the supporters around north London.

When he’s yours, you love him… when he’s not, that’s better off unsaid.

On Wednesday night, the Brazilian attacker proved to be a game-changer with two moments of magic inside just two minutes after he headed home goals to secure a 2-0 win over Marseille to kickstart their Champions League campaign.

The 25-year-old did put in a potentially more impressive display against Fulham in the Premier League over the weekend but he wasn’t rewarded with that elusive goal, though he did provide an assist for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s opener in what was his first start for the club.

That also took his total to two assists, having teed up Harry Kane to score the winner against Nottingham Forest in a cameo from the bench just a couple of weeks ago.

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Now with four direct goal contributions from 257 minutes – one every 64 minutes, the former Everton gem has effectively played himself into being undroppable, leaving manager Antonio Conte with the toughest of decisions.

Is it the out-of-sorts Heung-min Son that gets the axe or maybe Dejan Kulusevski, who himself has been pretty much undroppable since his move from Juventus back in January, having scored or assisted 16 goals from just 27 appearances?

Both players played a pivotal role in Spurs’ 3-2 win over this weekend’s would-be opponents Manchester City in February, with the South Korean providing two assists and the Swedish winger bagging a goal and laying on a further assist too.

Truthfully, however, Son is horribly out of form and is simply nowhere near his best, having managed just the one assist from 579 minutes so far this season.

He again struggled against the Ligue 1 outfit in midweek, where one of his scuffed shots was greeted by a small chorus of boos from some sections of supporters at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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A truly wasted talent...

Meanwhile, Kulusevski came off the bench to make a considerable impact at right wing-back, which is the sort of versatility and willingness to fight that’ll undoubtedly delight Conte.

Perhaps Son is in dire need of a break, after all, he’s been the mainstay on the left flank for several seasons now.

Richarlison took his opportunity this week as his Champions League debut could not have gone any better, so is he now the first-choice in Spurs’ attack heading into the next few fixtures?

“I have for sure a big decision” Conte explained heading into the weekend. He added that Richarlison’s versatility “is very important because (it means) when you make a change you don’t drop the quality in attack.”

Therefore, the £135k-per-week star – who was dubbed a “goal machine” by podcaster Alimo Philip and a “top talent” by ex-manager Carlo Ancelotti – will surely be amongst the starting lineup whenever Spurs do return to action in the coming weeks.

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