Everton: Tottenham links to Richarlison mystify talkSPORT pundit
Richarlison may have played his last game for Everton as the summer transfer window is awash with rumours linking him with a move.
The Mirror reported on 16 June that Tottenham Hotspur were the latest Premier League side to take a genuine interest in the Brazilian and had even entered advanced talks over a possible deal.
The 25-year-old spear-headed the Toffees’ survival charge last season but talkSPORT pundit Tim Vickery is not convinced that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would suit his next move.
“The word is that he definitely wants to go,” Vickery said. “Is there anything more useless in life than a footballer who doesn’t want to play for you?
“I find him a bit frustrating. He’s a bit like a racehorse who’s wearing blinkers; he just looks at the goal and that’s it. He’s really charismatic and there’s a certain swagger about him that makes me think he could walk into any dressing room.
“With that Tottenham link, where would he fit in with that front three really firing so I’m a little bit mystified by that. He needs to play for a team that will fit him in to play the way he wants to because it’s either his way or the highway.”
When you look at Spurs’ likely front three for the start of the season, there doesn’t appear to be an obvious place where Richarlison walks into the team.
Harry Kane will lead the line unquestionably and Heung-Min Son is equally undroppable after sharing the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah last season off the left wing.
The right-hand side is the only place up for debate but if Antonio Conte can make the purchase of Dejan Kulusevski a permanent deal, then the Swede would surely complete the trio after a very impressive six-month spell in the capital last season after a January loan move from Juventus.
The Brazilian needs to be absolutely guaranteed of playing time to move anywhere outside of Everton where he is probably our best player, especially with the Qatar World Cup coming up in November.
He isn’t likely to be selected by Tite for the Brazil squad if he’s sat on the bench every single week and that is not a risk he can afford to take right now.