Tottenham told Ange Postecoglou ‘developing affection’ for 26yr old ‘torn apart’ by Antonio Conte

Alasdair Gold says Ange Postecoglu is ‘developing a bit of an affection’ for Richarlison at Tottenham Hotspur, despite his previous indifferences with Antonio Conte.

Even though it was Antonio Conte who pushed Tottenham to sign the Brazil international from Everton last summer, it wasn’t long before the duo’s relationship hit a few stumbling blocks.

Football London journalist Gold spoke about how Richarlison was ‘absolutely torn apart’ by the Italian ‘for two hours in front of the squad’ last season.

But it seems as though Ange Postecoglou has cottoned onto the fact that the 26-year-old is someone who needs ‘a bit of an arm around the shoulder’, as he told his own YouTube channel.

The player himself hasn’t helped himself by scoring only one Premier League goal last term, despite being Spurs’ club-record transfer.

But after hitting a hat-trick in pre-season recently, fans will be hoping it gives the all-action forward that bit of confidence and belief heading into the new campaign.

“I can definitely tell that Postecoglou is developing a bit of an affection for Richarlison,” said Gold. “You can tell that, by just the way he acts and talks about him.

“Don’t forget, this is the Richarlison who has spoken recently about getting absolutely torn apart by Conte for two hours in front of the squad and ripping him apart.

“Maybe Postecoglou has seen that he is the kind of guy that needs a bit of arm around his shoulder. When he was asked about his confidence being up with that hat-trick, he said, ‘I hope so, I have said it before that I really like Richy. He is someone who has all the attributes that I look for in a striker and he has a strong work ethic.’”

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Richarlison suits Postecoglou more than Conte

As proven by his time at Celtic, Postecoglou likes his forward to be all-action, a very hard worker off the ball and someone that can press the opposition into life.

Of course, Harry Kane is miles and miles better than Richarlison, but in terms of systems, it could be argued that it’s the Brazil star who suits Postecoglou’s style more than the Englishman.

One thing is for sure, Richarlison is going to fare a lot better under the Greek-born Australian than he did under Conte.