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Fabio Paratici pats himself on back for Richarlison impact after lifting lid on Tottenham transfer business

Fabio Paratici Tottenham March 2022

Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici has lauded the impact Brazilian forward Richarlison has had in the early part of the season after lifting the lid on the club’s summer transfer business.

The Brazilian striker put pen-to-paper on a £50million deal earlier in the summer and he could eventually become the club’s record signing with a further £10m potentially in add-ons.

But despite the fact he has only started one Premier League game for Spurs, Richarlison is already showing his worth.

Admittedly the forward still remains without a goal, but he was outstanding in the weekend win over Fulham. Indeed, he saw a late goal chalked off for offside in that game.

Even coming off the bench in the previous contests, Richarlison has given the Tottenham attack more thrust.

And speaking with Spurs media, Paratici was thrilled with what he has seen from the frontman so far.

The Italian said: “We are so convinced [it was right] to buy him so far, his kind of style of football is, I think, perfect for us. Not just technically speaking but [in terms of] character.

“He’s a fighter, he has a big energy, he can play three positions in the forwards. He has great experience in the Premier League and national team for Brazil. I think it’s really technically speaking an easy choice [to sign him].”

Richarlison was one of a number of new additions in north London this summer. He joined Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Cristian Romero, Yves Bissouma, Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence through the door. Destiny Udogie will also arrive next summer as he spends this season on loan at former club Udinese.

Tottenham transfer strategy worked like a charm

And speaking about the club’s decision to get the majority of their business done early, Paratici revealed that was always the planned approach.

He added: “To do things early is just a question of having a vision. The same vision as the club and coach, everyone together making the right decisions to straightaway find our targets.

“Not just for Antonio for every coach it’s important to have this kind of solution. To get players early you can work, manage them, know them better.

“It’s easy from a sporting, economic perspective and gives the right signal to fans, everyone, other clubs. We know what we have to do and we follow a line. That’s it.”

Paratici also feels Tottenham have definitely closed the gap between themselves and the clubs at the top of the Premier League.

He added: “One year ago I came here and if you remember my first words were we have to be better, build something important and arrive to be competitive.

“I think we’re in a good place, the gap has reduced. We finished in the table 20 points less than Liverpool and Manchester City so it is not possible to reduce this kind of gap in a small time but we’re much better.”

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