Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has listed the three positions he could play new signing Richarlison in next season.
The Brazilian is a new arrival in north London having joined Spurs for £60million from Premier League rivals Everton earlier this summer. And he made his first appearance for his new side in the pre-season friendly against Team K League – where Conte tried him out in several different roles.
It comes as Tottenham’s £30million transfer clause for Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters has been revealed – and it could scupper Manchester United and Arsenal’s plans. And Spurs youngster Troy Parrott has explained what he has been told by manager Antonio Conte he must do in order to become a first-team regular.
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Richarlison’s three positions
Antonio Conte tried new signing Richarlison out in three positions during Tottenham’s opening pre-season game.
The Italian’s side were involved in a goal bonanza as an All-Star team of South Korean K-League players lost 6-3 in Seoul. Richarlison played for 77 minutes, with Conte playing him as a number nine, on the right and behind the striker.
And following the game, Conte was full of praise for the versatility of his new signing saying Richarlison “can play in all these three positions”.
The new Spurs forward also managed to set-up one of the goals for his side and after the game Conte added he is “very happy that we signed him”.
Walker-Peters’ £30m transfer clause
The 25-year-old joined the Saints in 2020, and has impressed for Ralph Hasenhüttl so much that United and Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in signing him this summer. But Spurs will have first refusal after insisting on a £30million buyback clause being inserted into the agreement that saw him leave the club.
Reports suggest Southampton may decide to cash in on the full-back this summer following the emergence of Tino Livramento last season, meaning Spurs would have to activate the release clause or risk seeing him join one of the Premier League rivals.
Parrott explains Conte’s demands
Troy Parrott has explained exactly what Antonio Conte demands of his strikers after spending time with the first-team squad during their pre-season tour.
The young forward has spent the last few seasons out on loan, most recently at MK Dons, and as such hasn’t been away with his parent club for pre-season since 2019. And now, according to football.london, Parrott has had some valuable time with Conte and the Spurs boss has told the forward his position is “important for the press” and that he must also make himself available for his teammates when his side are in possession.