Darren Anderton issues honest Richarlison verdict in Ange Postecoglou Tottenham transfer message

Harry Kane was the hero as Tottenham won at Nottingham Forest
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Tottenham legend Darren Anderton has admitted Harry Kane in Tottenham's team under Ange Postecoglou would be "incredible" as he stated that Spurs are a goalscorer away from challenging at the top of the Premier League table.

Speaking exclusively with in conjunction with William Hill, Anderton opened up on Postecoglou's first season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as well as looking at what Spurs needed to do in the summer transfer window.

Anderton spent 12 years at Tottenham, between 1992 and 2004, establishing himself as a firm fans' favourite during that time. He was part of an impressive front five under Ossie Ardiles that played almost all-out attack during the 1990s, something he has seen a lilttle bit of under Ange Postecoglou in his first season in charge at the club.

He said: "Towards the end of the season I was a little bit frustrated, but the fixtures didn't help, it highlighted that we're not quite at that [top] level yet and the fact we started the season so well, the expectancy became too much, it was probably too high, people were talking about challenging for the league.

"He's come in done a great job, put smiles on faces again, because the previous four or five years have been pretty tough, we had a couple of managers who are winners, but the football was not fun to watch and we didn't win. It's ok to play a certain style and you're winning, but if you're not entertaining or winning, something's not quite right.

"Spurs fans want to see a certain style of football, they want the team to be successful, but watching Spurs this year has certainly been more enjoyable.

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"Now we've got to go on next season and be even better, be defensively better I would say, some games reminded me of Ossie back in our day which was entertaining and great to watch, but not conducive to a challenge for the top four!"

And to get back into the top four and even challenge for the Premier League title, Spurs need a goalscorer. Son Heung-min was often utilised in the centre-forward role in 2023/24, with Richarlison - bought in for £60million in 2022 - enduring an injury-hit season.

The Brazilian did manage a goal every 145 minutes of football he played this season, with a goal involvement every 109 minutes. But Anderton does not think he is the right man for the job moving forward.

He added: "I think we need a goalscorer at the very highest level, which you can't find. I wish Harry was still there to play within that team, the goals he scored under [Jose] Mourinho and [Antonio Conte] was incredible, put him in a team that plays that entertaining, attacking football and he would have been unbelievable.

"Richarlison has had lots of opportunities, but I don't see him being that 25-goals-a-season man. And maybe another centre-back. I think the squad is strong, but you've got to keep improving. I don't think there's anything that really stands out but that goalscorer, that, unfortunately, Harry Kane type player."

Darren Anderton was speaking to in conjunction with William Hill.