Richarlison has made a fine start to life at Everton, but the Brazilian should be learning his trade in a wide position before playing through the middle on a regular basis.
The argument above might seem strange when considering that Richarlison scored twice whilst playing through the middle in Everton’s 3-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League last time out.
The Brazil international found it difficult to make his mark against Manchester United towards the end of last month, however, and there is a danger that he will be squeezed out of the match in fixtures where Everton do not have a lot of the ball.
Three of Richarlison’s six Premier League goals this season have come when he started on the left wing, and the other three when he played at centre-forward.
The likes of Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo have learned their trade out wide before playing through the middle, however, and it would be beneficial for both Everton and Richarlison if he was moved back to the left for the rest of the season.
It would be fair to say that Everton boss Marco Silva does not really trust the likes of Oumar Niasse, Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at this period in time.
Tosun started the campaign as Everton’s central striker, but the Turkey international has found it difficult to make his mark this season, which led to Richarlison being deployed through the middle.
There is a danger that teams will quickly work out how to mark Richarlison out of the match, however, and there is no question that the 21-year-old will have more space in the wide areas.
It would not be a surprise of Silva wanted to bring in a new central forward to allow Richarlison to move back into a wide position, but it seems that will have to wait until the end of the season.
Everton go to Chelsea in the Premier League this weekend, and Richarlison will have to play well if the Toffees are to stand a chance of triumphing.
The wide areas are where the spaces will be at Stamford Bridge, and Silva should be looking to move his star man into his more natural role.