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‘I have to decide’ – Conte says he plans to give summer signing his first Spurs start


Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has revealed he plans to hand Richarlison a start “in the next games”, writes the TBR.

Spurs signed the Brazil international in a reported £60million deal at the start of July.

Richarlison has made three competitive appearances for Tottenham since his move, all off the bench.

So far, Conte has gone for Son Heung-min in the starting XI, but the 30-year-old hasn’t been at his best.

Meanwhile, Richarlison delivered another impressive cameo off the bench against Nottingham Forest.

The “unbelievable” 25-year-old assisted Harry Kane for his second goal.

Richarlison also wound up the opposition and rattled a number of pundits by doing keepy-uppies in the Forest half.

Spurs are back in action on Wednesday when they host West Ham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Football.london asked Conte at his press conference what he would’ve done as a player had Richarlison juggled the ball in front of him.

“I think about Richy… we are really happy,” said the Tottenham boss.

“We are talking [about] a player who can help us a lot in this season. We are talking about a player who is a really good addition, especially up front.

“I think in the past, Tottenham didn’t have a player of this level behind Harry, behind Son. Now we have a really good player.

“He is in the best moment of his career, to stay in Tottenham to show his talent, he has a big [talent] for sure.

“He can help us a lot in this season. And now every time he is playing, also for 20-30-40 minutes, he is playing very well.

“For sure in the next games you will see him in the starting 11.”

Conte then made it clear he didn’t necessarily mean he’d be starting Richarlison against West Ham.

“Probably in the future you can see in the starting XI Richarlison,” continued the Spurs boss.

“Then if the game against West Ham, Fulham or Marseille.

“Then I have to decide…. not specifically (this week).”


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