Richarlison, a Tottenham forward, was injured against Southampton in the first few minutes and left the field in tears at Saint Mary’s Stadium.
Following their previous spat, Richarlison was given a start by Tottenham manager Antonio Conte in yet another act of trust. He would have hoped to score his first Premier League goal for Tottenham against the team at the bottom of the table, but everything went wrong quickly.
Early on, the Brazilian injured himself, forcing Conte to replace him with Dejan Kulusevski in the fifth minute. He walked off the field hunched over, with tears in his eyes. The Brazilian, who had been clamouring for a chance with the first squad, may now have to sit out for a while.
With injuries keeping him from developing momentum, Richarlison’s first season in a Tottenham shirt has yet to go as he had intended. The Brazilian has yet to score in the Premier League; his two goals for the team came against Marseille in the Champions League.
The 25-year-old was irrationally angry with boss Antonio Conte for benching him against Wolves and AC Milan because he was yearning to play for the first squad. He did well, though, when he returned to the squad last weekend against Nottingham Forest, and he might stay in the team for a while.
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Yet during the match against Southampton, his bad luck struck once more. He was forced to leave the field after just five minutes. As his terrible debut season in north London continues, he might now be slated to spend more time on the sidelines.
Richarlison has already expressed his displeasure with the current campaign by calling it “s***.” After the 1-0 Champions League loss on aggregate to AC Milan, he expressed his frustration by asking Conte why he had been left off the team.
“This season, excuse the word, it’s been s*** because I don’t have minutes; I suffered a little with the injury,” Richarlison told TNT Sports. “But, when I enter the field, I give my life. I came from two games well; I think that’s it, I think I should have played, and I don’t have to cry about it.
“They asked me to take a test at the gym, that if I was good, I would go to the game, and, at the time of the game, they left me on the bench. These are things that it is not possible to understand.”
Richarlison returned to the lineup the following weekend after Conte handled the situation internally. He had hoped that would be the turning point in his fortunes in north London, but his struggles will continue as he needs help to get any luck with injuries.