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Tottenham star set to seek ‘psychological help’ after horror international break

The Lilywhites striker is desperate to return to goalscoring ways

Tottenham striker Richarlison has revealed that he will be seeking ‘psychological help’ after another unhappy outing during Brazil’s 1-0 win over Peru.

The Lilywhites forward has struggled since his move to north London 14 months ago, scoring just four goals in 40 outings for his new club and cutting an increasingly frustrated figure for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

Now, that form appears to have carried over to international duty, where he had previously been Brazil’s first choice striker. After missing a gilt-edged chance in the World Cup 2026 qualifier against Bolivia, he was seen among the substitutes in tears.

Days later, he saw two goals ruled out for offside in their victory over Peru, further continuing his leans spell.

After the game, he admitted that things had been going on behind the scenes, and that he would be getting professional help to get back to his best.

“On the field I’m a happy team player, I try to help as much as possible,” Richarlison told Globo Esporte after the win.

“I went through a turbulent time in the last five months off the field. Now things are right at home. People who only had an eye on my money walked away from me. Now things will start to flow, I’m sure I’ll get a good run at Tottenham and make things happen again.

“That sad moment [against Bolivia] wasn’t even because I played poorly. In my opinion, I didn’t play a bad game. It was more of an outburst about the things that were happening off the field, which got out of control not on my part, but on the part of people who were close to me.”

“I’m going to go back to England, seek psychological help, from a psychologist, to work on my mind,” Richarlison continued.

“That’s it, come back stronger. It’s about getting a good streak at Tottenham. This week I’m going to sit down and talk to them. I need a good streak, to get the rhythm of the game.

“I’m happy to wear the national team shirt again, to be playing and happy. It’s important to give Tottenham a good run. This bad phase will pass. It’s part of football, it’s about continuing to work hard, things will happen again for me. I know my potential, I know what I’m capable of.”

In Harry Kane’s absence, Richarlison is Tottenham’s only recognised striker and will be needed should Postecoglou’s side have any success between now and next May, beginning with their home clash against Sheffield United on Saturday.

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Ben Browning

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