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Pundit already loving ‘horrible, in your face’ Tottenham signing who could give Conte selection headache

Richarlison, Ngolo Kante Chelsea v Tottenham

Richarlison made a big impact on his debut for Tottenham in Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw with Chelsea and former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas was certainly impressed.

Antonio Conte’s men were fortunate to get away with a draw at Stamford Bridge after Harry Kane’s late equaliser in a feisty encounter that saw Conte and Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel red-carded after the final whistle.

The Spurs chief turned to Richarlison off the bench with Tottenham a goal behind, switching to a more aggressive 4-2-4 formation in the process.

The Brazilian gave Conte’s side more energy in attack, something that was missing as Chelsea comfortably shackled Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kulusevski.

Tottenham spent £50m on bringing the forward to north London from Everton. And while he had to wait for his debut, after being banned for the opening win over Southampton, he certainly made his mark in west London.

And it’s fair to say that Jenas was impressed with what he saw.

He told Match of the Day 2 he felt Richarlison pushed Chelsea’s dominant defence back with his aggressive forward running.

He said: “This man comes on the pitch, Richarlison, and automatically, he wants to run forward.

“Just running forward, it causes some doubt in defenders’ minds. All of a sudden, Koulibaly is occupied now and now they can start to play in the final third.

“All of these runs forward, look at the impact is has from midfield to defence – it create holes. Just his runs have changed the whole outlook of the game for Tottenham.

“On top of that, he’s horrible – he’s not nice to play against, he’s in your face. Him coming on lifted that team, lifted the spirit.”

Richarlison gives Conte selection headache

Richarlison has certainly given Conte something to think about heading into Saturday’s clash with Wolves.

The big problem for the Italian is how he fits Kane, Son, Kulusevski and Richarlison into the same side.

In all likelihood, the Brazilian will start on the bench again on Saturday. He will then have to try and make his mark from the bench.

Another player pushing for a starting spot against Bruno Lage’s men is Yves Bissouma.

The summer signing from Brighton looked sharp when he came on at Stamford Bridge. He immediately adding a bit more pace and bite to Spurs’ midfield and surely it’s only a matter of time before he gets the nod from Conte.

The big problem for the Tottenham chief will be who he replaces. Both Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur struggled against Chelsea, although the former did have a goal to show for his efforts.

The main issue is that Hojbjerg and Bissouma are a bit too similar, while Bentancur offers a tad more going forward.

Still, it’s a nice problem for Conte to have as Tottenham look to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign.

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