Even though he made one crucial pass and finished 12 of just 17 passes (71%) he failed to find a target on one cross and his overall performance wasn’t all that great.
According to SofaScore, Richarlison committed two fouls, lost possession eight times, and won none of his four duels during the match. However, his reaction to a loose ball that dropped to him in the area immediately before the goal may have been the highlight of his performance.
He didn’t just fail to attempt a shot on goal, but he also didn’t accomplish anything with it in a risky place. The ball was eventually cleared before Pedro Porro advanced once more to smash it in.
In the 78th minute, the Spanish defender saved his Brazilian colleague’s blushes by scoring an incredible goal from outside the box. However, he displayed a level of skill at long range that Richarlison was unable to match at close quarters.
After the final whistle (10.04), Ian Wright said in real time on the ITV commentary, “I couldn’t understand what Richarlison was doing here,” since he had not had a chance on goal until the incredible strike.
If richarlison wasn’t Brazilian he would be playing for Mansfield 😉
— Ga11agbon (@ga11agbon) January 5, 2024
The Tottenham number nine must lead the team this month if the former Everton and Watford player is to have a long-term career there and if Postecoglou is to avoid having his season wrecked once more.
Although he has appeared to be improving recently, his difficult cup night in a Spurs uniform was all too familiar, and if it turns out to be more than a fluke, it will be problematic for the team’s season.