Pundit argues that new signing has become ‘too comfortable’ at Tottenham

Former footballer turned pundit Gabby Agbonlahor has been speaking to Football Insider about Tottenham Hotspur’s attacking options and suggested Richarlison needs to buck his ideas up if he wants to be a success at the club.

Richarlison joined Tottenham in the summer from Everton for a reported fee of around £60 million (Sky Sports). While the Brazilian has very quickly endeared himself to the Tottenham faithful with his passionate displays and great work ethic, his attacking returns have been less than impressive.

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With just two goals and three assists in 18 appearances this term, and no goals in the Premier League (Transfermarkt), there are concerns that Richarlison has not had the impact many hoped for.

It’s worth noting injuries have affected his progress this year, though. The 25-year-old picked up a hamstring injury on World Cup duty with Brazil and picked up a smaller injury recently (Football.London), although he returned to training again this week.

How much game time Richarlison gets is up to him though, with Agbonlahor stating that competition for places in attacking areas at Spurs should put the player under pressure to perform better.

He said: “I think Danjuma is a great signing. Richarlison needs competition. He can’t always be thinking that he’s the first sub to come off the bench. If Kulusevski, Kane, and Son are the starting three – then Richarlison may have been too comfortable in that substitute role.

“He’s got to buck his ideas up. He’s been poor. Zero Premier League goals and we’re in February, it’s not good enough. He’s had his injuries, but it’s not good enough.”

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Obviously, we would love to see Richarlison scoring more goals, but he offers so much more than that to the team when he plays. He’s had a tough year with injuries, but he always gives 100% on the pitch and I am very confident the goals will come, especially if he is played through the middle like he does for Brazil.

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