New Tottenham signing Richarlison handed legendary No 9 shirt as Antonio Conte continues to build his new-look side, with the Brazillian following in the footsteps of Jimmy Greaves
- New Tottenham signing Richarlison will wear the numebr nine shirt this season
- He is the first player to do so for Spurs since Gareth Bale’s loan stay in 2020-21
- Brazillian will follow in the footsteps of club legends such as Jimmy Greaves
- Spurs fans will however have to wait for his debut after he was handed an FA ban
The Brazil international joined for a club-record fee of £60million after leaving Everton and will now take on the shirt number that has remained vacant since Spurs legend Gareth Bale‘s loan stint in 2020-21.
Able to play across the front three, the 25-year-old has signed a five-year deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and will join up with the rest of the squad this week in preparation for a pre-season tour of South Korea.
Richarlison has signed for Tottenham from Everton in a deal worth £60million
Richarlison, who scored 53 goals in 152 games for former club Everton after joining from Watford for £40million in 2018, is Spurs’ fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma.
Tottenham did not hand out the number last season, but have given their new front man the iconic shirt.
In recent times it has been worn by the likes of Vincent Janssen as Spurs searched for an understudy for Harry Kane, and they will be hoping they have finally found their man with Richarlison’s versatility being a huge plus.
Roberto Soldado, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Dimitar Berbatov have also worn the shirt, as well as club legends Jimmy Greaves and Les Ferdinand.
The forward will miss Spurs’ opening Premier League game after receiving a ban from the FA
Tottenham fans will have to wait for the forward to don the shirt in a competitive game however after he was handed a one-match ban by the FA for throwing a flare into the stands during Everton’s game against Chelsea at Goodison Park in May.
He was also fined £25,000 after admitting a charge of improper conduct.
As a result he will sit out Spurs’ opening Premier League game of the season against Southampton on August 6, but could be in line to feature against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on August 14.