Richarlison has been praised by Jamie Carragher for the impact he made after coming on for Tottenham Hotspur in their heated 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.
Tottenham claimed a valuable point at Stamford Bridge after twice coming from behind. Harry Kane got the second equaliser deep into injury time on a feisty evening, which saw both managers sent off at the conclusion.
Wins away at Chelsea are notoriously hard to come by for Tottenham, but they showed fighting spirit to ensure they took back a share of the points at least.
The game gave Richarlison a chance to make his debut for Tottenham following his big-money move from Everton earlier in the summer. Some questioned whether he was worth the money that the club have invested in him.
It should take a while to find that out, but the Brazilian made a decent enough first impression, according to Jamie Carragher.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the pundit pointed to how Richarlison became a difference maker following his introduction in the 57th minute, when he replaced wing-back Ryan Sessegnon in a tactical reshuffle.
Carragher said: “I think Richarlison made a difference, he really did. They changed the system to a back four, two up front. And he just provided energy.
“In the first half, it looked like Tottenham were playing in the sun, it was too hot. They couldn’t get around the pitch. There was just no energy, no spark.
“But I thought Richarlison made a huge difference in terms of just making those runs in behind and providing energy that Tottenham just didn’t seem to have.”
Jamie Carragher impressed but Richarlison has more to win over
Since Richarlison joined Tottenham, some fans and pundits have questioned how often he will start. Antonio Conte can already rely on Harry Kane and Son Heung-min up front, where the ex-Watford star prefers to play.
As a winger, he would be competing with the likes of Dejan Kulusevski, Lucas Moura and maybe even Ivan Perisic, depending on where the former Inter wide man plays.
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But Richarlison’s provision of impetus, as spotted by Carragher, suggests he could have some kind of role to play for his new club.
Since he cost them £60million, all parties will be hoping he gets more starts, rather than just being an impact player. However, perhaps Conte will be sticking with his tried and tested options for the first few weeks while building the new boy up.
The next lineup he will be in contention for will be for a home game against Wolves on Saturday lunchtime. Interestingly, there are no clubs against whom he has scored more often, having netted five times against them in the past.