Richarlison is a better option for Tottenham than Zaha

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane on March 19, 2017...

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with both attackers recently.

Jordan Pickford of Everton fouls Richarlison de Andrade of Watford and a penalty is awarded during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017...

According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are keeping a very close eye on Watford's Richarlison, and the Brazilian would be a far better option than long-term Spurs target Wilfried Zaha.

The Sun confirmed recently that Spurs have been tracking the Crystal Palace winger's progress since he returned to Selhurst Park from Manchester United but, if it is clear choice between the pair, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino should go all out for the Watford ace.

Wilfried Zaha of Palace reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium on November 5, 2017 in London, England.

At 20, Richarlison is only just beginning his career but he took no time at all settling into the Premier League, with four goals and three assists in his first 11 games at that level. That is a fine record and he is only going to get better in the years ahead.

In contrast Zaha is now 25 and is still only showing glimpses of the talent that had him dubbed the next big thing when he became Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing at United.

It would be easy to point to his recent strikes against Chelsea and West Ham United as evidence of his quality, but he is still too erratic for a Tottenham side that needs consistency from its attacking options.

Richarlison de Andrade of Watford shoot at goal but misses during the Premier League match between Watford and Stoke City at Vicarage Road on October 28, 2017 in Watford, England.

Richarlison was a risk top clubs opted not to take when he completed his £11.5million from Fluminense last summer (as reported by the Guardian) and, while he will cost a lot more now, he is clearly cut out for English football.

Tottenham are normally at the forefront when it comes to savvy signings and, while on this occasion they fell short, their chairman Daniel Levy should spend the club's money on Richarlison rather than a player who is five years his junior but nowhere near as good.

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