Loads of Everton fans on Twitter have been discussing Richarlison after his performance in the 1-0 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
The Toffees may have actually been slight favourites to advance to the next round of the FA Cup when the teams were submitted given Carlo Ancelotti went full strength and Jurgen Klopp blooded a number of youngsters, but it didn’t turn out that way.
Richarlison was one of the players in the Italian’s starting XI for the Merseyside derby, and he started behind Dominic Calvert-Lewin in what was essentially a 3-4-3 formation, that switched to more of a 4-4-1-1 system when they were defending.
The Brazilian has impressed alongside Calvert-Lewin up top in recent weeks assisting one against Newcastle and scoring against Manchester City, and has nine goals in 26 appearances in all competitions this term.
However, he struggled out wide against the Reds and failed to get the better of 18-year-old Neco Williams at right-back for the hosts.
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Many Everton supporters chose to criticise the 22-year-old for his display post-match, with one even saying his “attitude stinks” – slightly harsh given the work-rate and defensive running he is often willing to put in.
Richarlison by the way. Seems immune to criticism because he is our biggest goal threat but his contribution to general play at times is poor, really poor. #EFC
— The Gwladys Street (@TheGwladysSt) January 5, 2020
cant remember the last time he actually went past a man, always seems to run into them
— Chrismc (@Chrismc060368) January 5, 2020
His all round game blows so hot and cold. His goals cover over a lot of his inconsistencies
— BeerGuzzler🤨🇮🇹🍻 (@BeerGuzzler1878) January 5, 2020
He can’t beat a man.
— The Toffeeist (@TheToffeeist) January 5, 2020
Journeymen. No heart 💔
— Trad Cath Groyper ✞ 🏴 (@TradCathGroyper) January 5, 2020
First touch awful and attitude stinks
— Rhodri Jones (@Rhodri007) January 5, 2020
However, not every fan agreed with the criticism even if the man who cost an initial £35m when he signed in 2018 wasn’t at his best at Anfield.
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One suggested that the attacker is destined to go on to play at a higher level than Everton, and if he finds some more consistency it would be no surprise if he did – he already has six goals in 17 caps for Brazil after all.
As bad as he was tonight Richarlison is going to play at a much higher level than us.
— Shents (@jnshenton) January 5, 2020
He spent most of his time in midfield doing midfielders jobs… Like pressing and actually tackling.
— Andres☯Martinez911 (@newevolution911) January 6, 2020
He actually got back, three times to my recollection, and prevented a ball coming in, two of them in his own six yard box. He was further back than Digne at times
— SPL1312 (@SteEFC1312) January 6, 2020
Least of our problems to be fair, our left back on the other hand…
— Gerard Lyons (@gedlyons86) January 5, 2020
I disagree today lads, he’s had to do 2 nearly 3 men’s work because of a horrendous central midfield, I think he’s played every game this season, by far our best player and from my perspective deserves little to no criticism due to the effort he puts in week after week
— Ben Harding (@benbrizzle) January 5, 2020
I’m sorry Richarlson was never anywhere near the worst…tracks back quite a bit and got stuck in…
— Eamon (@pokeymarley) January 5, 2020