Ange Postecoglou has insisted he is happy with Richarlison’s contribution to his team, despite the striker failing to score omce again in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth earlier today.
It was a difficult first season at the club for the Brazilian last year, with the striker having only scored three goals all season, and his first league goal didn’t arrive until April (Transfermarkt).
The 26-year-old must now put that disappointment behind him for the new campaign, but there is increased pressure on Richarlison now that Harry Kane has left the club.
Richarlison is now leading the line for new Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou. The Australian coach has previously praised Richarlison for possessing ‘all the attributes’ he looks for in a striker (Football.London).
Richarlison is contributing to the team
Richarlison experienced another difficult outing for Tottenham at the Vitality Stadium when he took one too many touches in the first half to stop himself from having a shot on goal and his lack of confidence was apparent in the second half when he trod on the ball by mistake and picked up a booking seconds later for showing his frustration with a rash challenge.
Postecoglou told Football.London that goals are not as important as the way his number 9 works for the team as a whole.
He said: “That’s part of life, mate, part of your football career. You’re going to go through moments. He just needs to work hard, keep contributing to the team and contributing to us being successful and overcoming the challenges we have.
“There’s no time in this game for people to dwell or think introspectively about where they are. Richy will work hard, he’s a good footballer, he’ll get his goals.
“What’s more important for me is that he keeps contributing to what we do as a team because ultimately we’re not going to get to where we want to on the back of one player scoring goals.”
Spurs Web Opinion
People keep talking about Richarlison’s goalscoring record, but I have honestly been really impressed with his work rate and the way he leads the line. He will definitely get a goal soon, and once that comes and the confidence returns, we will see a very different player.
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