Ex-Man Utd player gives seven reasons Ten Hag should sign Spurs man who ‘could help a lot’
Former Man Utd midfielder Kleberson believes his compatriot Richarlison “should have” joined the Red Devils “instead of Tottenham” last summer.
Tottenham paid around £52million to sign the Brazilian striker from Everton.
It has not been a great start for the 25-year-old, however. In 23 appearances across all competitions, he has scored twice, with both goals coming in the same Champions League game.
This means Richarlison has failed to score in any of his 16 Premier League appearances for the north Londoners.
The former Watford forward led the line for Antonio Conte’s side against Sheffield United on Wednesday as they crashed out of the FA Cup.
Tottenham are now expected to finish yet another campaign without a trophy, but have won four of their last five league matches, keeping a clean sheet in all of those victories, putting them in a solid position to finish in the top four.
Before joining Spurs from Everton last July, Richarlison was linked with both Chelsea and Man Utd.
The Red Devils are expected to be in the market for a new no. 9 after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club last November, but signing a player in that position was not a priority in the 2022 summer window.
Former Man Utd midfielder Kleberson thinks Erik ten Hag’s side should pursue Richarlison at the end of the season, despite his poor form for Spurs.
“I’d really like to see Richarlison play for Man Utd,” Kleberson said to OLBG.
“He’s the kind of striker that could help United a lot. Especially with teams pressing, he can do a low block, he can put pressure on the centre-back and he can get inside the box.
“He’s played in the Premier League for many years, he understands the rules and he’s a really hard-working player.
“As Man Utd get more structure and consistency, winning more games, I think Richarlison is a player who could do a lot for the club.
“When Richarlison was at Everton, I think he should have gone to Manchester United instead of Tottenham. It could have been different.
“Now he doesn’t play much and he doesn’t get many opportunities. He’s competing with guys at Tottenham who are amazing players. He’s on the bench, but he’s competing with these big players.
“As a club, sometimes you need to take a risk because he’s not a bad player, he’s an amazing player. He plays for Brazil’s national team, he just needs game time and some confidence from the coach and the team.
“I believe he could easily do an amazing job for United.”
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