‘Can never fault his work-rate’: Pundit says he’s been amazed by how much Spurs player has now improved

Stephen Kelly has claimed that Richarlison is now a formidable player to come up against, as he lauded the Tottenham Hotspur star’s improvement in holding the ball up.

Richarlison was Spurs’ star of the show on Saturday as Ange Postecoglou’s side were held to a 2-2 draw against Everton at Goodison Park.

Tottenham led twice, with Richarlison scoring two brilliant goals. However, two set-pieces from the home side saw Everton pick up a big point in their push to stay in the Premier League.

Richarlison lauded after Tottenham draw

Richarlison has been extremely prolific of late, scoring nine goals in his last 10 games in all competitions. He has certainly gone some way towards silencing the doubters who believe that he would not prove himself at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Speaking on Spurs Play, Stephen Kelly suggested that he is now being rewarded for how hard he works for the team.

“Everything that comes to him, he feels like he can hit. He can connect well with it. The ball’s coming into his play. His build-up play, his hold-up play’s improved. You just see that he’s confident in his touches, setting people off. You can never fault his work-rate, that’s always been there. He harasses and gets after players. But now he’s adding those goals. It just makes him a formidable player to play against,” he said.

Spurs striker now proving a real point

There were plenty of concerns when Harry Kane was sold on the eve of the new season. And that was understandable. Kane is one of the greatest players the club has ever had.

Spurs did not sign a natural striker after Kane’s departure. But Postecoglou has been vindicated, with both Heung-min Son and Richarlison in sensational form this season.

Richarlison, in particular, deserves enormous credit. He has had to deal with a lot of criticism during his time in North London. But he has stepped up in a big way while Son has been away on international duty.

And now Postecoglou has a selection headache that he will undoubtedly welcome.