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Richarlison accuses Everton of ‘lack of ambition’ before explaining why Tottenham challenge delights him

Richarlison celebrates Tottenham v Marseille

Richarlison has revealed he is “delighted” to be a Tottenham Hotspur player after explaining he left Everton because of their “lack of ambition”.

Tottenham signed Richarlison from Everton in an initial £50million transfer in July. The move brought an end to four seasons on Merseyside for the 25-year-old. He has been getting up to speed in his new surroundings, with two goals from seven appearances in all competitions so far.

Precisely, he scored a brace on his Champions League debut, which came against Marseille on September 7. What’s more, with Son Heung-min out of form, there could be lots of chances for Richarlison to gain momentum with Tottenham.

Everton, meanwhile, might be missing him. Richarlison was their top scorer with 11 goals in all competitions last season, helping them avoid relegation.

This season, only Demarai Gray and Anthony Gordon have scored for the Toffees. From seven matches between the Premier League and Carabao Cup, Everton have never scored more than one goal.

Frank Lampard’s side are yet to win in the Premier League this season. Tottenham, in contrast, have been keeping up an unbeaten record.

Although Spurs are on a well-documented trophy drought, Richarlison should still have a better chance of winning things with them than Everton.

Indeed, he has now accused his former club of a “lack of ambition” and suggested they are a “very long way” from competing for honours, despite the respect he has for them.

Explaining the motivation behind his move, Richarlison told FourFourTwo: “It’s always a tough call when you have such strong connections with your club, and that was definitely the case for me.

“I was happy at Everton and I’m grateful for everything I learned there. It’s a big club with a lot of history.

“However, perhaps they’re suffering with a lack of ambition nowadays. You know, that eagerness to win matches and trophies.

“I spent four years there and I could see there was still a very long way to go to achieve big things. I felt it was the right time to move on, and the club also had to make some money.

“It was a good deal for everyone involved. I’m delighted with this new challenge at Spurs.”

Richarlison reflects on ‘stressful’ end to Everton spell

Richarlison recorded double figures of goals in each of his four seasons with Everton. The last one, though, saw him get his lowest tally, since it was the one he played least in.

Reflecting on a challenging 2021-22, he said: “It was a very stressful season, to be honest.

“We had a lot of injuries and the squad wasn’t big enough to cope. I personally had some issues, too.

“As soon as the previous Premier League campaign had finished, I played in the Copa America, then the Olympic Games, and then the Premier League started again. I had no break and sustained a few injuries during the season.”

Richarlison seems refreshed for the new campaign and will be out to continue proving his doubters wrong. Some wondered whether he was capable of making an impact for Tottenham. But he has done his chances no harm from his early cameos.

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