Richarlison continued his fine scoring form for Tottenham with another goal on Saturday this time against his former club Everton. The Brazil international bagged a brace in the 4-1 win against Newcastle before then also scoring the opening goal in the 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest.
Prior to his first goal against Newcastle earlier this month, Richarlison was yet to score with his feet however that tally is now at three with superb movement on show against the Toffees. Brennan Johnson was released down the right hand-side with his cross turned home by Richarlison after he had got ahead of James Tarkowski.
For his celebration Richarlison jogged lightly towards the corner flag before he appeared to be caught in two minds over his celebration. At first, he jumped up in the air before throwing out a closed fist and while he was quickly mobbed by his team-mates, Richarlison then placed his hands out to make it clear he wasn’t celebrating, despite the previous few seconds suggesting otherwise.
Since his return, Postecoglou has been utilising the attacker in a central striker role with Son out wide and it is a tactical decision that has certainly worked with the Spurs head coach vindicated in his thoughts from earlier this month. Richy was important to us at the start of the year too, but he wasn’t fully fit,” Postecoglou said after his double against Newcastle. “I think you could tell he was kind of restricted with his movements. At times we had to play him out wide just to get him through games.
“Since he’s come back, it’s fair to say he feels a lot better physically and I think that’s helped him mentally as well. Great for him to get two goals today, but it wasn’t just his goals, it was his general work rate, energy and physicality.” Despite Son also sometimes struggling out wide, the South Korea international has continued to fire in goals with another arriving in the clash against Everton just nine minutes after Richarlison’s opener.