Ange Postecoglou is impressed by Richarlison’s hat-trick against Lion City Sailors in the preseason.
After Richarlison scored a hat trick in preseason, Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou said that the Brazilian has “all the attributes” he wants in a striker.
At Singapore National Stadium, Spurs beat Lion City Sailors 5-1, giving them a win to end their tour of Asia.
Richarlison came on as a replacement in the second half and scored two goals in eight minutes. He then scored a third goal in the last minute of play.
Postecoglou said in Singapore, “I really like him as a player.”
Shawal Anuar gave the Sailors an unexpected lead after 14 minutes. England captain Harry Kane tied the game with a penalty at the end of the first half after midfielder Pape Matar Sarr was brought down in the area.
After 73 minutes, Argentine player Giovani lo Celso scored Spurs’ fourth goal by putting in a loose ball in the six-yard box.
Richarlison moved from Everton to Tottenham for £60 million last summer. He has played 35 times for the club and scored three goals.
When he took over as manager at the beginning of July, the Australian Postecoglou said the 26-year-old’s best qualities were his strength and work ethic. He also said, “He’s always in the right areas.”
“I have a lot of respect for him, and he’s one of the guys I’m most excited to work with. You try to imagine your players playing football the way you want them to, and I’m sure he can.”
Richarlison said he “felt good” and thinks that this season could be a turning point in his Spurs career.
“I hurt myself too much last season, but now I feel good. My body is good and I am so happy,” he said. “Singapore has been so good for me and the group.”
At halftime, Postecoglou made 11 changes. Richarlison’s first goal came from a blocked shot by Lo Celso. His second goal came soon after when he jumped on a weak clearance and headed it in.
He missed out on a hat-trick twice because he was offside, but his hard work paid off when he broke through the Sailors’ defense and flicked home his third goal.
The comfortable win was Postecoglou’s first as manager. In their first pre-season game last week in Perth, Australia, they lost to Premier League foes West Ham.
Their match with Leicester City in Bangkok, Thailand, was canceled because the field was too wet. Postecoglou’s team will now go home and play Shakhtar Donetsk on August 6 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The news came out earlier on Wednesday that UK billionaire Joe Lewis, whose family owns Tottenham through a trust, will go to a US court to face charges of insider trade.
Spurs didn’t say anything about it because it wasn’t a club problem, and Postecoglou said, “It doesn’t affect me in terms of what I’m trying to do.”