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Tottenham Hotspur Winger Is On The Radar Of Real Madrid: Can Conte Afford To Lose Him?

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In a recent report, The Daily Mail stated that Tottenham Hotspur winger Richarlison is on the radar of Real Madrid. It has been claimed that Los Blancos are eyeing a move to land the Brazilian talent from Spurs.

Richarlison’s Up And Down Season In North London

Richarlison has experienced a campaign of mixed emotions at Tottenham. He has put in a few impressive displays for the North London club but has struggled to find consistency at times for them in the final third.

The 25-year-old has registered two goals and three assists in 19 matches for Antonio Conte’s side this season across all competitions. Richarlison has made most of his appearances off the bench which could be why he is only averaging 1.0 shots and 0.6 key passes per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has distributed the ball relatively well after completing 75.8% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

His current deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is set to run out in 2027. Thus, it won’t be easy for Los Blancos to sign him on the cheap as Spurs are in no immediate need to cash in on him.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Can Tottenham Hotspur Boss Antonio Conte Afford To Lose Richarlison?

Richarlison excels at creating space for himself to get some shot attempts in on-target. He can be a good finisher in front of the opponent’s goal when he is playing with confidence on the pitch. The Brazilian sensation is a technically gifted footballer who can create some inviting chances in the final third.

Richarlison is primarily a forward but can also play as a winger on either flank if his manager asks him to do so. However, he has struggled to earn regular first team starts at Tottenham this season as he has fallen behind Heung-min Son, Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane in Antonio Conte‘s pecking order. Still, there is no denying that he has the skillset to become a success story at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium if Conte is willing to be patient with his progress.

Richarlison is under a long-term contract, so Spurs simply cannot afford to lose him as he remains a valuable member of the North London club‘s squad. At 25, he will only get better in the coming seasons. Thus, Tottenham should think about keeping hold of him for at least another season before making a call on his long-term future at the club.

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