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Forget Son: Richarlison cost Spurs in Frankfurt

Tottenham Hotspur squandered numerous chances as they were held to a goalless draw by Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.

The north Londoners remained second in group D and failed to respond after losing 3-1 to arch-rivals Arsenal at the weekend, having put in a wasteful display in attack.

Harry Kane and Ivan Perisic both went close and were the most likely to break the deadlock for Antonio Conte, though he also needed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at the top of his game to deny the home side on a couple of occasions, too.

At times, Spurs had the Bundesliga outfit camped in their own half as Kane and Heung-min Son’s link-up play was encouraging, but also frustrating. In the end, it was a useful point that should’ve been much more as they remained tied on points with the Europa League winners.

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Both of the aforementioned duo could be questioned for their lack of firepower but it was perhaps Richarlison who cost the English team more, resulting in him being hooked by the 79th minute.

Indeed, even Lloris (39) registered more touches of the ball than the Brazil international (32) and with what little involvement he had, the 25-year-old proved careless.

If anyone epitomised just how wasteful Tottenham were at the Waldstadion, then it was certainly Richarlison, who made just 61% of his 23 passing attempts, whilst also failing to provide an accurate cross or long ball from three combined attempts, via SofaScore.

Meanwhile, the former Everton dynamo – who is currently valued at £61m by CIES Football Observatory after his £60m summer switch – lost possession 14 times and lost 84% of his duels, meaning he not only handed the ball back to Frankfurt once every 2.3 touches but was also hugely lightweight against the opposition.

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A truly wasted talent...

Richarlison failed to register an attempt on target too, only compounding his, and subsequently Spurs’, misery in Germany.

‘Clunky and careless in possession’ is how The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick described the Brazilian’s display in his post-game ratings column, where he was graded amongst the worst of Conte’s starting XI, whilst The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke suggested that he was “not on it.”

On the above evidence, it was the £134k-per-week star that cost Conte most over in Frankfurt and he’ll do well to keep his place in the starting XI with Spurs set for a fast turnaround as they face an in-form Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

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