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Why Richarlison is the perfect signing for Antonio Conte

Former Watford scout Filippo Giraldi has been speaking about why Richarlison is the perfect signing for Tottenham boss, Antonio Conte.

Richarlison made the move to Tottenham from Everton earlier this summer.

Richarlison is believed to have set Spurs back a fairly substantial £60m in a move that clearly suggests Antonio Conte has the full backing of Daniel Levy.

Before making the switch to Spurs, Richarlison enjoyed spells with Everton and Watford in the Premier League,

The Brazilian netted 53 and assisted 14 in 152 outings for Everton across all competitions, operating in various positions across the front line.

For Watford, meanwhile, he was less prolific, netting five and assisting five in 40, but it was clear there was a talented player there.

The man who brought Richarlison to England was Filippo Giraldi. Giraldi worked as Watford’s chief scout before taking up the role of sporting director in the summer of 2017, just as the Brazilian left Fluminense to sign for the Hornets.

“It was a quick negotiation which I insisted on a lot,” he told TuttoMercatoWeb.

“While scouting him, I was struck by his athleticism, his ability to hold off blows. The more you hit him, the higher he stays. That’s perfect for Conte.

“He is tenacious, he has character. We took him for £10m and sold for £50m, the second sale was even higher.

“He is always a pleasure. He combines strength with determination, he is strong and perfect for Conte.”

Tottenham’s first game of the 2022/23 campaign comes vs Southampton on August 6th. It will be interesting to see if Richarlison is handed a starting berth ahead of Dejan Kulusevski.

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