Andy Hinchcliffe has hinted to Sky Sports (broadcast on 4/3; 19:47) that Richarlison was unplayable as he named the Everton forward as the man of the match in their 1-0 win over West Brom on Thursday.
The 23-year-old is currently enjoying a real purple patch in front of goal. He went into the trip to the Hawthorns having scored five goals in his previous five games in all competitions.
And he continued that remarkable run against the Baggies. It was his goal midway through the second-half following a cross from Gylfi Sigurdsson that settled the game and handed Carlo Ancelotti’s side a crucial three points.
And as the full-time whistle loomed, Hinchcliffe suggested that the Brazilian was the standout performer as he was asked to name his man of the match.
“I think, once again, Richarlison has underlined really just how important he is to Everton, how he’s bang in form,” he told Sky Sports. “He’s scored in each of his last four games. At times, he is pretty much unplayable.
“He’s got a bit of everything: skill, strength, pace, good in the air. Sigurdsson’s ball was an excellent one, but of course, he had to turn it home.”
It is remarkable to now look back and recall Richarlison’s somewhat underwhelming start to the season. He scored one Premier League goal before the end of November, and he was being completely overshadowed by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Now however, Richarlison – who earns £90,000-a-week, according to Spotrac – is starting to make some ground on his teammate. And following this latest win, he may well set his sights on moving even closer to Calvert-Lewin’s tally in the coming weeks.