Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy spending big for Richarlison is a sign of his belief in Antonio Conte’s project, one pundit has said.
Spurs have been one of the quickest teams out of the blocks in this summer’s transfer window. They have made four signings already, but have more on their list before the end-of-August deadline.
Their latest arrival, striker Richarlison from Everton, has beefed up manager Conte’s attack.
The Italian is looking to add more depth as his Tottenham team prepares for the return of Champions League football. Richarlison scored big goals for Everton in the depths of their relegation battle last season. The Brazilian will now be looking to deliver on the big stage for Spurs.
Speaking to Football Insider, though, former manager Alex McLeish also hailed the finances of the deal too. The Scot hailed Levy – a shrewd businessman – for loosening the reigns.
Indeed, Tottenham have paid an initial £50million for Richarlison, with £10million in potential add-ons.
“It’s great that Conte has come along and changed the perception of Tottenham again,” McLeish said.
“His signings have been great. Richarlison, on paper, looks a fantastic signing. You just imagine a threesome up there with him, [Harry] Kane and someone else on the other side.
“It’s exciting times for Tottenham. It’s been a long time since Daniel [Levy] splashed out money like that.
“A bit of silverware would be a godsend for Tottenham fans and this is another signing that gets them closer to that.”
Tottenham have now made additions at goalkeeper and in defence, midfield and attack.
Fraser Forster is Hugo Lloris’ new back-up stopper, while Ivan Perisic is slotting in at wing-back.
Yves Bissouma has bolstered the midfield ranks and now Richarlison is another option in attack. Tottenham want Clement Lenglet in as another centre-back option.
Richarlison task clear for Tottenham
As for Richarlison, he scored six goals and assisted two others at the back end of last season to help dig Everton out of trouble.
He has therefore showed that he can score big goals for a club fighting at the bottom of the Premier League.
Now, he must transfer that mentality to top-four chasing Tottenham. Spurs got back into the Champions League for this season and they are looking to maintain – if not better – their progress.
England captain Kane will no doubt be Spurs’ main striker next season, the 28-year-old looking to keep himself in top shape ahead of the World Cup.
But Brazil international Richarlison is in the same boat and he will be hoping to hit the ground running in north London.