February 23, Tim Spiers, a reporter from The Athletic UK in London, wrote a column. The title of the column is—
—Spurs signed Richarlison as a ready-made Premier League star — but where does he fit?
When Tottenham Hotspur paid a club-record £60m for Richarlison last summer, it looked like money well spent in today’s financial markets.
What Tottenham bought was an “off-the-shelf” Premier League player who was able to lead Everton to turn the Premier League upside down under Frank Lampard.
What they got was a striker with a decent scoring record who was in his prime at 25, a player who could create something special even when he wasn’t fully fit or at his best.
TA can reveal that Daniel Levy is believed to have put a lot of effort into this deal.
A source close to the transfer claims that Levy recognized Everton’s financial crisis before any other Premier League club last summer and was willing to sell Richarlison for a reasonable price.
But Levy’s actions felt like an opportunistic move rather than the result of 12 months of hard work and the realization that Richarlison was the perfect fit.
For Tottenham, there is a big positional conflict between Richarlisson, Kane and Sun Xingmin, which seems to be a more puzzling problem.