Richarlison lashes out at Antonio Conte over 's**t' Tottenham role
By Tom Gott
Tottenham striker Richarlison has called out manager Antonio Conte for handing him a 's**t' role at the club this season.
The Brazil international moved to Spurs from Everton for a fee of £60m in the summer but has started fewer than half of his appearances for the club so far this year.
He was afforded just 20 minutes off the bench in Thursday's Champions League draw with AC Milan, despite Spurs needing a goal to avoid crashing out of the competition.
After the game, Richarlison decided to let the world know about his frustrations.
"It was going well, in a good sequence, two wins against West Ham and Chelsea," Richarlison told TNT Sports. "Suddenly, he put me on the bench, against Wolverhampton he put me on for five minutes. I asked why, but they didn't tell me anything.
"And [on Tuesday], 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.
"Let's see what [Conte] will say [on Thursday], but there are no fools here either, I'm a professional, I work every day and I want to play."
Asked for a review of his personal role at the club, Richarlison added: "This season, excuse the word, it's been s**t because I don't have minutes, I suffered a little with the injury.
"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."
Richarlison has managed just two goals and three assists across his 25 appearances for Tottenham, where he has been firmly stuck behind Harry Kane in the pecking order. Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski, who have struggled with form and injury respectively this season, have both retained their positions ahead of the Brazilian in recent weeks.