New Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Ange Postecoglou feels there may be a lot to return from Richarlison within the upcoming season after the Brazilian netted three second-half targets to assist his facet beat native membership Lion City Sailors 5-1 in a pre-season pleasant at Singapore’s National Stadium on Wednesday.
The Sailors took a shock lead by means of Shawal Anuar after 14 minutes however the Premier League facet received again on degree phrases by means of a Harry Kane penalty with the ultimate kick of the primary half.
Richarlison got here on at half-time and scored twice within the first eight minutes of the second half earlier than finishing his hat-trick in stoppage time after Giovani Lo Celso had netted Spurs’ fourth objective.
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Richarlison scored solely three targets for Spurs final season after his massive cash transfer from Everton however Postecoglou feels he could make an enormous contribution for the membership once they start the brand new marketing campaign.
With doubts nonetheless hovering over Kane’s future amid Bayern Munich’s pursuit of the England star, Richarlison might have an important function to play within the upcoming marketing campaign if Kane does depart.
“I actually like him (as a participant). He’s received all of the attributes that I search for in a striker by way of how he’s received a very robust work ethic and he’s at all times in the proper areas,” mentioned the Spurs’ supervisor.
“I’ve actually received numerous time for him and he’s one of many gamers I’m actually trying ahead to working with. You attempt to image your gamers taking part in the soccer you wish to play and I definitely assume he can.”
Tottenham have been taking part in simply the second pre-season recreation of their Asia-Pacific tour following the cancellation of a match in opposition to Leicester City in Bangkok on Sunday and Postecoglou opted for a robust beginning line-up which dominated the opening half.
But in opposition to the run of play, the Sailors took the lead when a cross from the proper by Maxime Lestienne was bundled in by Shawal on the far publish.
Spurs turned up the stress with James Maddison going shut with a long-range effort which pressured a nice diving save from Sailors goalkeeper Zharfan Rohaizad.
Son Heung-min headed dwelling after 26 minutes however his effort was dominated out for offside whereas Pape Matar Sarr skimmed the crossbar with a volley.
However, Tottenham’s stress lastly informed in first-half stoppage time when Sarr was introduced down within the Sailors field and Kane stepped as much as ship Zharfan the incorrect means from the penalty spot to degree issues up.
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – JULY 26: Richarlison #9 of Tottenham Hotspur lifts the Tiger Cup as he celebrates with teammates after the 5-1 win over the Lion City Sailors throughout a pre-season pleasant on the National Stadium on July 26, 2023 in Singapore. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Postecoglou made 11 modifications at half-time and his new line-up took the lead simply three minutes after the restart.
Lo Celso’s effort deflected off a defender and the ball fell properly for Richarlison to show it into the online.
The Brazilian was once more on course 5 minutes later when he pounced on a weak back-header to nod in his second of the sport.
While the Tottenham striker was twice denied a hat-trick objective by the offside flag, his facet managed so as to add a fourth objective within the 73rd minute when Lo Celso drove dwelling a free ball within the six-yard field.
And Richarlison’s persistence was lastly rewarded in stoppage time when he burst by means of the centre of the Sailors’ defence and flicked in his third objective of the sport to make it 5-1.
The Tottenham gamers appeared to not be distracted by the information earlier within the day that the membership’s majority proprietor Joe Lewis had been indicted in a US court docket on insider coaching prices.
Tottenham declined to touch upon the matter, saying it was not a membership difficulty. “It doesn’t have an effect on me by way of what I’m attempting to do,” Postecoglou mentioned after the sport.str/mba/dhw