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Postecoglou hails Richarlison after star performance against Newcastle

Ange Postecoglou credited Tottenham forward Richarlison for his decisive performance, securing a 3-0 victory against Newcastle and ending their winless streak since October 27.

Despite being Premier League leaders at the start of November, Tottenham had faced a series of challenges, including injuries, resulting in a five-match winless run. However, Richarlison, who was back in the starting lineup, scored twice, with Destiny Udogie breaking the deadlock in the 26th minute.

Son Heung-min, shifted to the left wing, added the fourth goal, but the spotlight was on the fit-again Richarlison, who recently underwent groin surgery following persistent issues, overcoming his struggles since his £60 million move last year.

“Yeah, Richy was great, really important,” Postecoglou reflected.

“I thought him and Pape (Sarr) coming in gave us some real energy. We were going to need it today with the midweek fixture (against West Ham) and I thought they did that.

“Obviously, for Richy, getting a couple of goals as a striker that was positive for him.

“Richy was important to us at the start of the year too, but he wasn’t fully fit. 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.”

Postecoglou admits that they may be tough periods as they try to build something at Spurs

After Richarlison underwent surgery last month, Tottenham faced a challenging period with their list of absentees reaching double figures. However, the team managed to break a five-match winless streak, providing some relief and stability.

Postecoglou added: “We’re trying to build something here and part of that is through the tough periods to not allow the lads too much latitude in terms of excuses, but the reality is, and I have probably been too hard on them in retrospect, we got decimated after the Chelsea game.

“And it is no coincide that now we are getting some players back that we are starting to look a lot stronger.

“I will not speak on Eddie Howe’s behalf, but I can see what he’s going through and in this league if you have one or two key players out, you’re going to struggle.

“Hopefully we’re coming out the other side and just having Richy and Pape back today, making those two changes after a midweek game and Eddie couldn’t make any changes, I just felt we had more energy and legs and we needed it today.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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