Everton have been dealt a huge blow ahead of their FA Cup clash this weekend, with Frank Lampard confirming in his pre-match press conference that Dominic Calvert Lewin is injured, but it could now be an opportunity for Richarlison to step up.
The Toffees have been plagued with injuries to key players this season. The Brazil forward has been sidelined twice, Abdoulaye Doucoure is now in his second period of absence with an injury picked up in their last Premier League game, and Calvert-Lewin missed a large chunk of the season with a quadriceps injury. After returning at the beginning of January, the England striker has now picked up another knock and won’t be available for the match on Saturday afternoon.
Richarlison has failed to make a consistent impact on the side during his game-time this season, with only four goals and two assists so far. He has been unable to inspire this Everton team, with only four wins from his 13 appearances in the Premier League.
However, with Calvert-Lewin injured the Brazilian now has the opportunity to steal the show under Lampard by helping the Toffess to progress in the FA Cup and working with the new manager to change the course of Everton’s season by climbing the Premier League table when they return to top-flight action against Newcastle United on Tuesday.
The £49.5m-rated star, who was called “crazy” by his team-mate Demarai Gray, can use the opportunity of potentially playing up front in Lampard’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation to form a partnership with new signing Dele Alli. The Englishman would likely play in his preferred number 10 role just behind the striker and could potentially save Everton’s season if the pair can link up well and deliver upon their proven capability to score goals.
Alli has scored 91 goals and bagged 76 assists in his club career so far, whilst Richarlison has 98 goal contributions during his club career. If the ex-Chelsea manager can get it right at Everton, the attacking output that the pair could produce in the remaining months may inspire a huge turnaround for the team to finish the season in a much more comfortable position than their current placing of 16th.
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