Everton forward Richarlison has been praised by Premier League legend Ian Wright, who believes the Toffees ace has proven his critics wrong following his big-money move to Goodison Park.
Richarlison has been sensational for Everton since joining from Watford for a reported £40million in 2018, and in 105 Blues appearances, he has registered 40 goals and nine assists.
This season, the Brazilian has 11 goals and three assists to his name in all competitions, including five goals and three assists in the Premier League.
Richarlison scored the only goal of the game in Monday night’s win over Southampton, rounding Fraser Forster and firing home after just nine minutes played.
Wright noted how the Toffees star hasn’t done quite so well when pushed out to the left wing, and believes he’s happier playing as a centre-forward.
“Can I say just quickly with Richarlison, coming off the left, that’s where he’s had the most barren spell, and what’s he got, five in five (goals) now? Something like that,” he told Wrighty’s House.
“You can see that he’s happier down the middle, with the emergence of Calvert-Lewin, I think Ancelotti’s got, not a problem, because it’s a good problem.
“He’s got to find a way to keep those two up the top moving from side to side, or with both of them in the centre.
“When you look at what he’s doing Richarlison, when he went there from Watford for £40million, people were like ‘what?’ But Richarlison is a player.”
Richarlison has been nothing short of outstanding since joining Everton, and when the likes of Wright, one of English football’s best ever forwards, deems you superb, then it’s a real honour.
With the world-class Carlo Ancelotti at the helm and numerous world-class players in the Blues ranks, the future looks bright at Goodison.