Over the last few weeks, Richarlison has shown plenty of improvement after getting things off his chest, scoring and providing an assist against Sheffield United before setting up the winner against Liverpool at the weekend. Journalist Dean Jones previously told GIVEMESPORT that he believes Postecoglou is the right man to get the best out of Richarlison in north London, and we’re starting to see the evidence of that in their last two fixtures.

Ange Postecoglou recognises that Richarlison isn’t just a striker – Paul Brown

Richarlison played the full 90 minutes against Liverpool at the weekend on the left-hand side of attack, with Son Heung-min through the middle. The Brazilian has had plenty of success when deployed in this role during his career, and his versatility makes him a useful option for any manager.

Richarlison – Career Stats Centre-Forward Left-Winger Right-Winger
Appearances 117 104 46
Goals 31 34 10
Assists 10 20 4
All statistics via Transfermarkt

Brown has suggested that Postecoglou recognises Richarlison’s talents and he doesn’t just consider him a centre-forward. The journalist adds that the former Everton man almost looked back to his best against Liverpool and he’s starting to rediscover some of his confidence. Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, he said…

“Richarlison looked great, didn’t he? Yeah, I thought he was really really good. Almost back to his best. He played a little bit wider, which is a role he can play. I think a lot of Spurs fans kind of thought this season might just be him playing as a striker or not in the team. Not true. Postecoglou clearly recognises that he’s got more talent than that. He’s been really low lately, and it’s been quite sad to see. It looks like he might have rediscovered some of his confidence. He should have scored but came very close. I think it’s only a matter of time before the goals start flowing for him on a regular basis. I think he likes playing against Liverpool. He seems to raise his game against them. He’s had a few run-ins with them before. It seems to fire him up.”

Is Richarlison now a guaranteed starter at Hotspur Way?

Postecoglou still has options to change things in attack for Spurs, with Manor Solomon on the bench against Liverpool on Saturday. However, Richarlsion saw out the whole game, with Son and James Maddison substituted, showing that Postecoglou has faith in the Brazilian.

Richarlison now has a chance to stamp his authority on this Spurs side and give Postecoglou something to think about. Considering his contribution in front of goal over the last few games, it’s difficult to see the Australian manager taking him out of the team, and it’s his shirt to lose.