In a game full of end-to-end chances, Everton squandered the opportunity to bolster their quest to qualify for Europe next season as they were beaten at Goodison Park on Saturday evening.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men had two goals ruled out of offside in the first half before Leeds United’s tricky winger, Raphinha, stepped up with the winner 11 minutes from time.
The Toffees allowed him the time and space to curl a speculative effort in from range, meaning the Whites head back to Yorkshire with all three points whilst the home side have now lost four of their last five in the Premier League.
Between the two teams, they managed to fire off a total of 38 shots but for the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, it was an off-night.
Particularly for the Brazillian as he let his manager down abysmally with a shocking display on the left flank.
Richarlison accounted for four of those 38 attempts as he failed to get his name on the scoresheet, but he too lost possession 16 times, failed to deliver a single accurate cross and only successfully pulled off 50% of his dribbles, as per SofaScore.
In 90 minutes of action, the £54m-rated sensation also made just 13 passes (62%), which was fewer than what Jordan Pickford managed between the Everton sticks and that in itself is rather alarming.
He is usually one of the Toffees’ most important figures, so if he struggles, it is no surprise that the Merseyside outfit often do not pull off that positive result.
Perhaps some of it can be attributed to the fact that he did not have Lucas Digne bombing on behind him but given Alex Iwobi attempted more crosses than Richarlison, he certainly has to take the brunt of the blame.
When you’re raking in around £90k-per-week at Goodison Park, you cannot afford to deliver sub-par performances, so the spotlight is quite rightly on Richarlison following Saturday’s defeat.
He can look to make things right next weekend as the Toffees head to lowly Burnley.
AND in other news, £36m-rated Everton flop who was worse than Davies must face the AXE…