Writing in his weekly column for BBC Sport, Garth Crooks has hailed Everton attacker Richarlison.
The Brazilian got himself on the score-sheet in the Toffees’ 3-1 win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League, meaning he now has 11 for the season across all competitions.
After seeing his performance, Crooks hailed what the former Watford man has brought to the table in recent weeks, and made two major claims about his improvements under new manager Carlo Ancelotti.
He said: “From the moment Richarlison raced on to the headed flick-on from Calvert-Lewin, the Brazilian looked like he had only one thing on his mind. With three Palace players in pursuit the Everton striker looked up, took aim and bent the ball around Vicente Guaita.
“Under Carlo Ancelotti, Richarlison’s performances appear much more focused than they were under Marco Silva, and he has more freedom for expression than under Duncan Ferguson.”
With his strike against Palace, Richarlison has three goals and one assist in the seven games he has played under Ancelotti – not a bad record at all.
What perhaps makes it even more impressive, is that he has been asked to play in a number of different positions for the Italian. He has played on both the right and left-wings, as a second-striker, and as a centre-forward too.
Despite the constant changing of what his role and position is, Richarlison has continued to be an influential part of Ancelotti’s side, contributing goals and assists. As Crooks alludes to, he has made some major strides in recent weeks.