Brazilian Richarlison started Saturday’s Premier League win over Leicester City as a centre-forward and might be Marco Silva’s solution to a position that has been problematic for Everton this season.
Currently in 11th spot in the Premier League, the Merseyside club has yet to find a proper replacement for Romelu Lukaku that could be key to them securing a competitive league finish at the end of the campaign.
What’s the story?
Silva opted to change his personnel around a bit for their clash at the King Power Stadium by handing another Brazilian Bernard his first Premier League start since joining the Toffees in the summer. The decision to bring the left-winger into the team meant that Richarlison moved up front as Silva continued with his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.
The idea of Richarlison to lead the Everton attack came off as early as the seventh minute when he latched onto a deflected cross by Bernard in the Leicester box before putting the ball in the back of the net; the two immediately showing their intent as a partnership that could reap rewards for Silva.
Apart from the Brazilian connection in Saturday’s attack, the contributions of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott were also a sign that the manager might have found the right combination that could finally spark the teams’s season into life.
Before Bernard came into the starting XI, Richarlison operated on his accustomed left-flank position with either Cenk Tosun or Dominic Calvert-Lewin as the striker. The duo have however failed to hit the ground running this season though and haven’t posed a threat to opposing teams in terms of being clinical finishers.
Meanwhile, four goals in six starts this season has made Richarlison a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League while the addition of Bernard in the team also seems to be a valuable factor if the 21-year-old was to continue playing up front.
With Sigurdsson controlling play from the centre of the midfield, the pace of Richarlison through the middle with Bernard and Walcott on the wings will definitely lift Everton’s chances of being more clinical in front of goal