Andros Townsend has claimed that while losing a player of Richarlison’s quality was a blow for Everton, the Toffees now have a stronger squad, thanks to how they reinvested the money from the forward’s sale to Tottenham.
Spurs agreed a deal worth £60m including add-ons to snap up Richarlison during the summer and the forward has certainly hit the ground running in North London.
He already has four goal contributions to his name this season (Transfermarkt) and has shown that he offers something different to Tottenham’s other attacking options.
It was Richarlison’s 10 goals and five assists in the Premier League last season that kept the Toffees up but Townsend believes the Merseyside club have benefitted from selling the Brazilian.
The former Tottenham man suggested that Everton’s squad is now a lot deeper as a result of the signings they have made this summer, and insisted that they needed to bring in the extra bodies.
When asked if the Toffees miss Richarlison’s quality, the England international told talkSPORT (20/09/22 at 6:10 am): “Of course, anyone and any club would miss the quality of Richarlison and what he brings to the team.
“But we have also been able to add four or five players for the price of Richarlison and we have added players with the quality and mentality of Richarlison.
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“You see with Richarlison, whether he starts for Spurs or he comes on, he will chase for every ball, tackle and get the crowd up for it. I think we have that in Neal Maupay.
“Onana in midfield, who has been a great signing. Ghana Gueye coming back in. We have added more bodies that we needed and more bodies that we didn’t necessarily have last season.
“I think, yes we would love Richarlison, but I think we have done well on the back of that. And I am sure Richy is happy that he is playing and scoring in the Champions League, so it was a great deal for both parties.”
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I think this is a fair assessment from Townsend as Everton have certainly looked a better team than they did last season. Spurs have also benefited immensely from Richarlison’s signing as the Brazilian’s arrival has essentially meant that Conte has at least one top-class forward to turn to on the bench in every match.