Everton winger Theo Walcott picked up just his second Premier League assist of the season before being forced off with an injury in the 3-1 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and fringe striker Moise Kean could be the big winner if the Englishman is ruled out for the immediate future.
Well, the former Arsenal man had provided a delicious cross for Bernard to give the Merseyside outfit an early lead at Goodison Park, but he had to be replaced in the 26th minute against the Eagles having suffered an issue.
Djibril Sidibe was brought on to replace the 30-year-old on the right wing, playing ahead of Seamus Coleman, at right-back but the decision from Carlo Ancelotti did take away some of the Toffees’ attacking threat on that flank.
While he does have Alex Iwobi and Bernard who can play out wide, the former already suggested during his time at former team Arsenal that he prefers to play through the centre, even if Ancelotti’s flexible 4-4-2/4-2-2-2 system does allow him to come inside.
That leaves the experienced Italian boss with a decision to make, and if Walcott is absent following Everton’s winter break, perhaps he should consider dropping Richarlison back to the left wing and playing either Bernard or Iwobi on the right.
That in turn would give Kean – who has only played 626 minutes of Premier League football this term – an opportunity to start alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top.
Indeed, his one and only goal in a blue shirt so far came when he was in the XI next to the Englishman against Newcastle United last month, showing that there could the potential of a partnership there.
Don’t get me wrong, Richarlison fully deserves his spot as a centre-forward as he showed with his goal against Palace, but Walcott’s potential absence gives Ancelotti something to think about when it comes to the teenager he labelled as “top quality” in his first press conference in December.