Ange Postecoglou, the manager of Tottenham, thinks it is pointless to compare Richarlison to Harry Kane, the player he is supposed to be supplanting in the center of the attack.
Richarlison now has the responsibility of leading the line for Tottenham after Kane left for German champions Bayern Munich in a £100 million transfer a fortnight ago.
There have been concerns raised about the Brazilian No. 9’s ability to successfully replace Kane’s shoes in the long run after his scoreless first two games of the season.
But in the eyes of his management, Kane has left and is ‘no longer relevant’ to Tottenham.
I don’t think there is that much weight to bear there. Postecoglou told reporters on Friday that this football team ultimately needs to evolve.
“I believe everyone at the club has accepted Harry’s departure.” He’s moved on to a new challenge, and I have no doubt that he will succeed there. We now face a struggle of our own.
“I don’t believe it serves any purpose to compare yourself to something that is no longer current or relevant.”
It would be different if it came after a prosperous period, the speaker said.
Richarlison has found life tough since pitching up at Tottenham in a £60m move back in 2022.
But with Kane now gone the onus is on him to replace the Englishman’s goals – something Postecoglou believes will come given his attitude in training.
Against Manchester United last time out, when Tottenham won 2-0, it was, however, a tough afternoon for the Brazilian.
Richarlison was one of two outfield Tottenham players in the second half not to have a single shot at goal. The other was new centre back signing Micky van de Ven.
He also failed to win any of his five aerial duels and had the second-lowest pass accuracy on the team with 64 per cent, behind only Dejan Kulusevski’s 58 per cent.
However, Richarlison is expected to play considerably better today in the early kickoff when Tottenham travel to Bournemouth – and he might need to take a spot kick.
Kane was Tottenham’s designated taker, and now that he’s gone, there is competition for the job.I observed some of them attempting today. Sonny, I believe, is at the top. Regarding his players battling for the penalty duty, Postecoglou remarked, “I think Madders and Richy are all sort of in there.”
(Yves Bissouma) I’ve witnessed take roughly 500 and miss roughly 495. I don’t know, but he’s still out there working out. It falls somewhere in that hierarchy.