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Tottenham Hotspur Face Dilemma In The Pursuit Of The Brazilian Sensations: Who Fits The Bill For Conte?

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Football.london in their recent report gave their opinion as Tottenham Hotspur remain in heavy pursuit of Richarlison from Everton and Raphinha from Leeds United. It is understood that both the players have been heavily linked to a move away from their respective clubs ahead of the next season with Richarlison closer to signing for the Spurs as the Toffees’ financial situation would require them to offload a few players.

Richarlison And Raphinha’s Stat Comparison In The Premier League

Richarlison made a huge difference as Everton came back after struggling over the relegation zone in the final few weeks of the last campaign. He scored 11 goals and secured five assists over 32 appearances for the Merseyside club last season across all fronts. He performed consistently averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.1 clearances, 2.4 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in Premier League football.

His Brazilian counterpart registered 11 goals and three assists in 36 matches for the West Yorkshire club last season in all competitions. Raphinha played a major role in Leeds United’s survival in the Premier League as he managed to produce some influential displays after averaging 1.5 tackles, 2.5 shots, 1.9 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game in the English top flight.

(stats via whoscored)

Raphinha (Tottenham Hotspur)
LEEDS, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Leeds United goalscorer Jack Harrison (r) congratulates Raphinha after the pair combined for the opening goal during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Southampton at Elland Road on April 02, 2022, in Leeds, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images). The 4th Official uses images provided by the following image agency: Getty Images (https://www.gettyimages.de/) and Imago Images (https://www.imago-images.de/).

Who Could Be Perfect For Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur?

The Spurs already boast a glorious frontline with Heung Min Son, Harry Kane and Dejan Kulusevski. The trio has fared well and Conte has Lucas Moura alongside Steven Bergwijn to add more competition to either of the flanks. However, he is in search of a cover for Harry Kane as they lack in that area and with Bergwijn set to exit this summer, Conte needs to find a decent replacement.

The Italian Tactician has already identified Richarlison and Raphinha as decent replacements for Berjwin but it remains a dilemma as to who Conte should bring into North London.

Raphinha has proven to be an attacking threat. The Leeds attacker can fill in the right-wing position and also as an advanced attacking midfielder. He is skilful with the ball and has that flare during his runs down the right flank.

On the other hand, Richarlison has registered the same amount of goals as his Brazil teammate but has an edge over the Foxes forward as the Everton star can provide cover for Harry Kane and Son Heung Min, being able to play both as a lone striker and in the left-wing position.

Conte has kept an eye on both the attackers for quite a while but Richarlison would be a viable option for the Lilywhites because he can provide for their current needs and would work hard to increase competition in the attacking end of the field.

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