Everton ace Lucas Digne has praised Toffees teammate Richarlison for giving the team “so much” and was happy to provide such a great assist for the 23-year-old last week.
Carlo Ancelotti’s charges hosted Southampton at Goodison Park last Thursday and found themselves a goal down after Danny Ings netted in the 31st minute.
However, Everton equalised on the stroke of half time as a simply superb long-range ball split the Saints defence wide open and found its way to Richarlison’s feet.
The Brazilian still had work to do, controlling the ball under pressure from two opposition players and duly slamming a fierce effort past Alex McCarthy.
Everton went on to claim a 1-1 draw but then fell to a lacklustre 3-0 loss at Wolves on Sunday, and will be hoping to make amends when they host Aston Villa on Thursday.
In an interview for the Everton matchday programme, Digne spoke of how much he’s improved on the attacking front and looked back at his assist for Richarlison with pride, before praising his colleague.
“I have developed physically and tactically in England,” said the Frenchman. “I never played with this intensity in other countries and you have to learn in every game.
“I think it [pass for Richarlison’s goal against Southampton] was one of my best but it was more when I saw it after the game [I appreciated how good it was]. I realised, ‘Okay, that was a good pass’.
“But Richi finished very well and I was happy I could help him. Richi deserves his goals because he gives us so much but the most important thing is to do everything for the team.”
Everton may still be very much a work in progress but they’ve been on the up since Carlo Ancelotti took the reins, and the future is definitely looking bright at Goodison Park.
With Digne contracted to the Toffees until 2023 and Richarlison signing a deal until 2024 just last year, the much-loved duo look set to be part of the Ancelotti revolution on the blue half of Merseyside.