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Ange must now ruthlessly bench 5/10 Spurs star today who lost possession 20x v Palace – opinion

The likeable Spurs head coach could be about to become unpopular to one member of his squad…

Before the current season began, nobody would have predicted that Tottenham would begin their Premier League campaign so quickly and aggressively under new manager Ange Postecoglou.

With eight wins, two draws, and a thrilling 2-1 victory over Liverpool in front of the resurgent Spurs supporters, Tottenham has gone undefeated in their first ten top-flight games. Despite Harry Kane’s departure, a plethora of new players joining the team, and an inexperienced manager taking the helm, Tottenham is flying high.


The appointment of the Australian head coach has proven to be a master-stroke by the Spurs hierarchy, a universally liked figure amongst the north London faithful for the exciting brand of football he’s been able to

execute in such a short amount of time, but also for his demeanor in media appearances and press conferences, which demonstrate that he is neither conceited nor dejected.

He could have to make a significant choice shortly, one that would not put him in the good graces of this particular Lilywhites player.

If Riley’s subpar performances persist, Postecoglou may have no choice but to remove the 26-year-old from his first-team plans. Recently, the Brazilian played poorly away at Crystal Palace, which might have been costly for his club on another day.

Richarlison’s performance vs Crystal Palace

The former Everton player appeared uneasy during his 64 minutes on the Selhurst Park field. Spurs took the lead shortly after his manager sent him off, and Heung-min Son once again came to the rescue with a long-range shot that stretched Tottenham’s winning streak to 2-1.

According to Sofascore, Tottenham’s number nine was mainly unproductive against the Eagles in forward areas. Throughout the game, he attempted one shot, which went wide of the goal.


According to Sofascore, Richarlison lost possession of the ball a total of 20 times, which might have been costly for his club. The 26-year-old was not at his best throughout and showed a lack of attention when his teammates needed him to be.

The once-feared Everton striker gave up two unnecessary fouls before being pulled off, according to Sofascore, in a horrific display for the Brazilian winger who saw football. The player was clearly frustrated with his present employers.Rob Guest, a reporter from London, gives him a 5/10 match rating.

Richarlison’s game in numbers vs Crystal Palace
Minuted Played 64
Expected Goals (xG) 0.02
Pass Accuracy 20/27 (74%)
Cross Success 0/2
Dribble Success 0/2
Duels Won 4/13
Possession Lost 20x
Stats via Sofascore.

Brennan Johnson would be Richarlison’s replacement and the ex-Nottingham Forest man was instantly in the think of the action, helping Son convert home with the assist.

Richarlison, therefore, could be sweating about his immediate first-team future off the back of this anonymous display in south London with the Brazilian’s other displays for Spurs this season not exactly cementing a starting spot.

Richarlison’s numbers this season

The South American forward has only scored two times for Spurs so far this season, with Tottenham defender Cristian Romero tied with the attacker in the goalscoring charts

Richarlison, who scored against Sheffield United in September and assisted on another goal against Fulham in the EFL Cup before Postecoglou’s team lost on penalties, is presently experiencing a run of five straight league games without a goal.

The 26-year-old often reached new heights during his four seasons at Goodison Park, netting 10 goals in his last season with the Toffees before upped and moving to the English capital. His current form is a far cry from those heights.

Richarlison’s future in a Spurs uniform is a major choice for Postecoglou to make, and the most likely conclusion is that the former Celtic boss will sit his number nine in favor of younger players.

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