Frank Lampard says he wouldn’t be managing Everton if he didn’t think the club could go places – as Richarlison suggested recently.
Brazilian forward Richarlison swapped the Toffees for Spurs in a big-money deal this summer. In fact, the move could rise to a club-record £60million for Tottenham with add-ons.
The 25-year-old has settled in well in north London, scoring two goals and assisting three others in 12 games. Those two goals both came on his Champions League debut against Marseille, which brought him to tears.
His recent rise at Tottenham comes after he accused Everton of lacking ambition. The Merseyside club have big plans – with a new stadium coming down the track – but have suffered major financial problems and have sacked a number of managers in recent years.
Nevertheless, Lampard is at the Goodison Park helm now and has orchestrated progress, especially in defence.
And while the former Chelsea midfielder has stressed his respect for Richarlison, he did set the record straight over Everton’s ambition.
“I love Richy,” Lampard told the Evening Standard. “Every club is relative, this club has spent a lot of money over the last five, six, seven years, so ambition can be measured in different ways.
“If you’re talking about the here and now, I’m certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t. I’m trying to build something.
“It’s clear to see Tottenham are in the Champions League and we’re not. In simple terms, that’s it. I think that was probably his point and when you get asked, those things can be translated in different ways.”
Richarlison left Everton on good terms – Lampard
Lampard added that the fact that Richarlison left Everton on good terms should be the overarching point to the conversation.
“I think it’s a non-important question and answer, it’s done,” he said. “We all wish Richy well. It’s a nice situation for a player to leave a good with a good feeling.
“He left with dignity, he left with his head held high with his team-mates, myself, the fans, the club. He gave everything for this club.”
Richarlison proved a major force at the back end of last season. He scored six goals and assisted another in the final nine Premier League games to steer Everton away from relegation.
However, he decided on a new challenge and has settle well at Tottenham.
Tottenham star finding his feet
Richarlison had to wait for his Tottenham chance, but he has found his feet up front in a new-look Spurs front line.
Manager Antonio Conte brought in Dejan Kulusevski in January and he initially formed a star trio alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Although, Richarlison has now swapped places with Kulusevski amid his injury.
And as Kulusevski gets set to return, the competition for places can only benefit Tottenham.