Former Gunners star Alan Smith has predicted former Arsenal target Richarlison will be the Premier League flop of the season. The ex-striker thinks the Brazilian is talented but it will be interesting to see how he works with Antonio Conte.
Tottenham Hotspur beat interest from various clubs, including Arsenal, this summer to sign Richarlison from Everton. The Brazilian wanted to move and joined the London team. Richarlison missed the first game of the season as he was handed a one-game suspension for throwing a flare into the stands last season.
Smith was speaking to the 90 Minutes YouTube channel when he claimed Richarlison was going to be the flop of the season. He added that Arsenal fans would love him for making the prediction and said:
“I’m going to say Richarlison, Arsenal fans are going to love that. He’s clearly a talented lad and he was leading the line all by himself for Everton, sometimes taking them forward almost single-handedly, but I don’t know. It’s going to be interesting the dynamic between him and his manager Conte.”
Tottenham have been urged not to sign Arsenal target
Former Tottenham striker Teddy Sheringham had urged Spurs not to sign Arsenal target Richarlison this summer. Sheringham thought Spurs’ forward line was stacked and did not need reinforcements. He told Lord Ping in June (quoted by The Express):
“I don’t think he’s what is needed now. Tottenham have good attacking players; Kane, Son, Kulusevski, Bergwijn is still there, Moura is still there. We have players in the mold of Richarlison and I don’t think he would be a statement signing that teams would worry about. If they were to sign him, what would be the outcome?
“In my time, when we signed [Jurgen] Klinsmann, a true world-class player, everyone in the locker room was abuzz. We knew what we were going to get from him. You need players who are going to take you to the next level and I don’t think Richarlison is one of them.”
Continuing to talk transfers, Sheringham urged his former side to make a move for Declan Rice if they are looking to make a statement and said:
“If you’re going to make a statement and West Ham fans won’t love me for it, then go get Declan Rice. He’s an amazing player. And he’s good for the next eight years. That’s the man to take us to the next level.”
Tottenham started the season with a 4-1 win over Southampton on August 6. Antonio Conte’s side are now set to face Chelsea this weekend (August 14).
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