Everton cruised past Brighton on Saturday courtesy of a wonderful display from Richarlison, but his compatriot Bernard could benefit from a new role as a super-sub.
Bernard was thrust into the starting line-up recently after a couple of phenomenal displays, but the diminutive playmaker has struggled in each of the last two games.
He was nowhere to be found until he missed an absolute sitter at Old Trafford, and he had very little effect on the game against Brighton either.
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The 26 year-old has taken Richarlison’s spot on the left flank after the red-hot youngster moved to a central position, but it may now be time to give Ademola Lookman a go.
Bernard touched the ball just 42 times during the win over Brighton, managing just one successful dribble and two key passes.
While creating two chances is certainly not a bad day at the office, completing just one dribble against a 38 year-old right back in Brighton’s Bruno is a huge disappointment.
He was dispossessed once, had two unsuccessful touches, and failed to register a single shot despite the Toffees dominating most of the match.
The crafty Brazilian has incredible acceleration and fantastic ability on the ball, but he would be able to use this even more if he came on late in games against tired legs, just as he did in the win over Fulham.
Lookman meanwhile is desperate for a run of games, and the 21 year-old may just be able to show that killer edge that Bernard is currently lacking.
The youngster caused controversy this summer as many fans felt he was trying to force a move away from the club, but it’s seems foolish to keep him and not give him a fair chance.
So, Everton fans, do you think Lookman deserves a chance? Could Bernard be better as a super-sub? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…