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Tottenham Hotspur Striker Could Have Left On Deadline Day: Does He Have A Future In North London?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Daily Telegraph claimed that Tottenham Hotspur striker Richarlison could have left on deadline day of the recently concluded summer transfer window. It has been stated that Al-Ittihad were eyeing a late move to sign the Brazilian talent from Spurs earlier this summer.

Richarlison’s Underwhelming Season At Tottenham

Richarlison has made an underwhelming start to this campaign as he has struggled to be productive for the North London club in the final third. The Brazilian sensation has scored just one goal in five matches for Tottenham this season across multiple competitions.

The 26-year-old has caught the eye at times in the opposition half based on his average of 1.0 shots, 0.5 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in Premier League football. However, he has been a bit careless with his link-up play up top after making just 70.8% of his attempted passes in the English first division (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at the North London club will expire in the summer of 2027. However, his lack of form of late could see him leave Tottenham sooner than expected.

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BELEM, BRAZIL – SEPTEMBER 08: Detailed view of the “Football Unites the World” badge from Richarlison of Brazil during a FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match between Brazil and Bolivia at Mangueirao on September 08, 2023 in Belem, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Does Richarlison Have A Future At Tottenham Hotspur?

Richarlison is a decent dribbler with the ball and excels at finding space for himself to get a few strikes in at goal. He can be a streaky goal-scorer in the final third but has struggled to be consistent with his end-product in recent years.

The Brazilian talent has got the vision to orchestrate some decent openings for his teammates in the opponent’s half. He has mostly functioned as a centre-forward for Tottenham following Harry Kane‘s exit earlier this summer. However, Richarlison can also fill in as a wide player on either flank if asked to do so. At 26, he is about to enter the prime years of playing career.

At the moment, the South American sensation is struggling to play with confidence at the North London club. Unless Richarlison can change his fortunes for the better in front of the opponent’s goal, it seems like his time at Tottenham might very well come to an end this January. Spurs would be tempted to cash in on him if a generous offer from Saudi Arabia comes Angelos Postecoglu’s way for the underperforming forward.

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