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Everton: Richarlison let Rafa down in Tottenham draw

Following on from their disappointing 2-1 defeat against Wolves last week, Everton missed the chance to pour cold water on Antonio Conte’s first game back in the Premier League by beating Tottenham Hotspur in their latest fixture, ending with a 0-0 draw against the north London club.

Even though Everton defender Mason Holgate managed to get himself sent off in the match at Goodison Park, we feel that there was one player on the day that arguably let Toffees manager Rafa Benitez down even more so than Holgate; Richarlison.

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During the full 90 minutes that the Brazilian was on the pitch for in his latest appearance for the Merseyside club, Richarlison registered just 27 touches of the ball which was fewer than goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on the day who had 28.

The forward failed to have even one shot on target while his tally of only eight passes was not something to be proud of. Furthermore, he was victorious in five of the 16 duels he was involved in, lost possession 11 times and committed three fouls.

Nothing really went right for the Brazil international who ultimately earned a rather uninspiring overall match rating of 6.5/10 according to SofaScore, making him the lowest-rated Everton player that started the game against Conte’s side.

So far this season, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £49.5m according to Transfermarkt, has managed to score just two goals in seven league appearances.

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Given how Everton have had striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin out injured since August with a fractured toe, Benitez has put a lot of faith in Richarlison to score some goals for the team while the Englishman is out on the sidelines, especially in their big games such as this one against Tottenham. However, given his lack of attacking presence on this occasion, it’s safe to say he let his manager down on the day and failed to repay the trust shown in him.

Moving forward, with Everton set to take on Manchester City in their next Premier League game later this month, they will definitely need Richarlison, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £90k-per-week at the Merseyside club according to Spotrac, at the top of his game if they want to secure a win against Pep Guardiola’s side.

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