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Marco Silva should consider moving Richarlison back out wide

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Marco Silva should consider moving Richarlison back out wide

Richarlison was not able to get on the ball as much as he would like against Liverpool, and often found himself isolated up against Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk and that should offer his manager food for thought moving forward.

It is a testament to how well Richarlison has settled at Everton that his summer transfer fee is scarcely being mentioned any more.

His faith in Marco Silva is such that he has accepted a positional switch from left wing to centre forward and adapted very well indeed, but Sunday’s derby defeat to Liverpool showcased the limitations of that approach.

The Brazilian often found himself isolated up against both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk; which does not seem to be the optimum use of Everton’s best attacking threat.

 

Cenk Tosun’s early-season failings necessitated the alteration by Silva, but the Portuguese will surely want to see his main goal threat getting on the ball more often; especially in games where Everton may not dominate the ball.

(Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Given Theo Walcott’s poor form, Richarlison could quite conceivably return to the left, with the impressive Bernard able to switch to the right.

Tosun would be the leading candidate to fill the void up front but young Englishmen Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman could offer the same kind of speed of Richarlison – albeit without the goal threat – through the middle.

It’s worth considering, because chasing into the channels and battling two centre halves is not the optimum use of Richarlison. And Silva will know that.

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