When it comes to Everton star Richarlison, there are few more enigmatic players in the entire Premier League.
The Brazilian epitomises a frustrating winger, someone who on his day is electrifying. He can beat players for fun and find the back of the net in ruthless fashion.
He is an exciting talent but he also has the tendency to blow hot and cold.
The attacker managed a haul of 13 goals this season which deserves an ounce of praise. However, his form towards the back end of the campaign left a lot to be desired.
Richarlison only scored once in his last 12 matches and struggled to create many opportunities for his colleagues to score from.
He ended the campaign with only three assists, the last of which came in December. That means the winger hasn’t supplied a goal for his teammates in 26 league outings.
For a player of his quality, it almost defies belief that his return in that aspect of the game is so poor.
Signing somebody to replace Richarlison would be foolish but at the age of 24, he does need to start showing more signs of consistency.
Perhaps he could be driven on by the arrival of another rampant forward player.
In May, it was revealed by Get Football News France that Everton had made an approach to sign Moussa Diaby.
The Frenchman has been a livewire for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga this term and has the seal of approval from former Toffee, Michael Ball.
He told This is Futbol: “Diaby is all pace, it’s a great outlet. Everton usually like playing on the front foot, especially at home, and they haven’t had those types of players at the club this season to play in that style.”
Ball continued: “I think his assists this season have been very high. If we look at who Everton have got at the moment, I think Richarlison has only had three or four assists this season which is not good if you want to be touching top four or top six.”
There lies the reason Everton should go out and get Diaby.
Described as an “explosive” player by talent scout Jacek Kulig, the 21-year-old is a true creative force, beating players for fun and then laying the ball on a plate for a teammate.
Throughout 2020/21, the youngster produced 15 assists in all competitions, 12 more than Richarlison managed.
On top of that he provided goals too. Diaby bagged ten strikes across various tournaments, including four in the Europa League.
Compared to Arjen Robben, the Leverkusen flanker is a devastating threat when he cuts inside, possessing frightening traits and qualities.
To sum things up, Leverkusen midfielder Kerim Demirbay once exclaimed: “Players with his quality don’t come along often.”
Based on that quote alone, a good case can be built for Everton to sign him this summer. He’d certainly offer more creativity than Richarlison.