Simon Jordan makes sly dig at Richarlison as Danny Murphy talks up £50m Everton star to Spurs
talkSPORT pundits Simon Jordan and Danny Murphy both think a £50million move to Tottenham for Everton star Richarlison is a good idea.
UOL Esporte journalist Bruno Andrade first reported on Twitter on Saturday [11 June] that Spurs were in “advanced negotiations” over a move for the Brazilian.
But despite the 25-year-old being a crucial member of the Toffees attack, former Liverpool midfielder Murphy seems to think he would make sense as a reserve option in the North-Londoners attack, while ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan slipped in a remark about diving.
In a clip posted to talkSPORT’s Twitter account on Monday [13 June] host Jim White asked: “Is Richarlison going to help them [Spurs] in their disruptive aims?”
Murphy responded: “I think he would add strength in depth in the front area. Because you’ve got [Dejan] Kulusevsky, Son [Hueng-min], and [Harry] Kane who is probably your front [three], then you’ve got [Lucas] Moura backing them up.
“You’d need one more probably. Richarlison, yeah. Young, hungry, quick.”
White then asks Jordan: “They’re talking about £50million for Richarlison to Tottenham?”
Jordan then said: “Yep, yep, maybe he’ll spend most of his time on his feet.”
A Merseyside exit for The Pigeon is looking likely this summer but the idea that he goes to a team that uses him only as a back-up option will really be a kick in the teeth for everyone at Everton.
If that is enough of a step up for him, which it clearly is from a relegation battle but they aren’t serial trophy contenders, then he may accept it.
But it would be a shame to see him sitting on the bench elsewhere when he could stay at Goodison and be the star of the show under Frank Lampard.
He has a strong relationship with the fans after his exploits over the past few months, but that would be put to the test if he moves to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The diver accusations reached a head around the Merseyside derby on 24 April, where Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher accused him of faking injury when replays showed he had rolled his ankle.
There may be an element of truth to the accusation at times, but he proved himself to be far more than that as he helped lift the Toffees to top flight safety, so it is quite a tired remark from Jordan in this discussion.
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