Richarlison should create more set-piece opportunities
One of the ‘knocks’ on Richarlison is that for a strong, physical player, sometimes he goes down a bit easy. However, the reality is forwards get fouled, and Richarlison is a forward that picks up his fair share.
Last season Richarlison was fouled over 80 times in just the Premier League. Richarlison has been fouled more than 80 times in four of the previous five seasons, including picking up 102 fouls in his inaugural Premier League season with Watford.
Those fouls should lead to set-piece opportunities for Tottenham, likely including a penalty kick among the group, as Richarlison has won six penalties in five Premier League seasons.
With Gianni Vio reportedly heading to Spurs, having a player who can pick up fouls makes a lot of sense.
Richarlison is a set-piece threat himself
While we will not likely see Richarlison hitting free-kicks, Kane taking penalties, and Son taking a lot of the dead balls, we should see the Brazilian on the receiving end of many a set-piece.
Richarlison is not great in the air, but what he does is compete.
Across five seasons, Richarlison has only won about 34% of his aerial duels. However, he has had over 1,000 of them.
At Watford, where he was the primary target, Richarlison won over 40% of all duels. His success rate has decreased at Everton, particularly last season, as the Toffees were fighting to avoid relegation.
Regardless, Richarlison is a dangerous threat in the air; whether it is looking to make a defensive clearance or re-direct the ball into the net, the Brazilian will fight for the ball.
Ultimately, that fight may be the most crucial thing Richarlison brings to Tottenham. Adding depth and dimensions to the team is excellent, but not if the work is not there to support it. One thing we should not have to worry about with Richarlison is that work, the Brazilian will put the work in, and hopefully, all of Tottenham can enjoy the rewards.