Dean Windass spoke exclusively to Football FanCast and delivered his verdict on Richarlison and what he must do to get better.
The Brazillian international was the stand-in striker during Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence and has performed well for Carlo Ancelotti and Everton.
Richarlison scored a stunning goal against Liverpool as well as a brace in the FA Cup against Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to lead the line for the Toffees, before also netting on Calvert-Lewin’s return against Southampton on Monday.
However, Ancelotti has claimed Richarlison will play where he tells him to with Calvert-Lewin still the main man at Goodison Park.
Having registered just five goals in the Premier League this season, the £90,000-a-week forward has perhaps not done enough to prove he is ready to be a regular striker for Everton, instead of being pushed out wide.
However, he does have eight for a Brazil side which is bursting full with attacking options. Richarlison is also regularly deployed as a striker for Tite’s side.
After speaking exclusively to Football Fancast, Dean Windass says the Brazillian may be starting to earn the trust of his manager but must do one more thing.
He said: “He’s sort of getting that trust with Ancelotti now and the player is starting to trust his manager.
“The boy’s young, 23-years-old but you look at the kid and think he’s 28/29 because of the confidence and talent he’s got. He’s good in the air, he’s quick and plays off that left-hand side.
“He just needs to add more goals to his performances and obviously the one against Liverpool was a great finish. He’s sort of stepped up to the plate with Calvert-Lewin being injured.
“For me, when I played I wanted to be the main man all the time and that’s the attitude you’ve got to have as a player all the time.
“A single-minded, selfish player, you’ve got to be like that.”
Richarlison has been a good signing for Everton since joining from Watford for a fee that could rise to £50 million. The winger looks to make things happen but his desire to play through the middle may be out of his hands as long as Calvert-Lewin is at the club.
Everton are covered in the striker department, a rarity in the Premier League nowadays. however, it doesn’t come without its troubles of both players wanting to play in one position.