Sam Allardyce raved about forward Richarlison after his performance at the weekend helped Everton beat Crystal Palace 3-1 in the Premier League.
Carlo Ancelottii’s side moved up to seventh in the league table with a victory at Goodison Park, as they continued their turnaround under the Italian boss.
Bernard struck a brilliant volley in the first-half to open the scoring for the the Merseyside club, but Palace did draw level early in the second period when a Christian Benteke strike somehow was under goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The Toffees did restore their lead thanks to a fine individual goal from Richarlison, as he terrorised defender Gary Cahill one-on-one and fired it into the bottom corner.
Richarlison was then decided his second when his header hit the crossbar, but Dominic Calvert-Lewin was on hand from close-range to tap in the rebound.
Ex-Everton manager Allardyce singled out Richarlison following his latest display on Saturday.
“Richarlison is turning into one of the best players up front I think in the Premier League we saw that by the goal he scored and the header he got for [Calvert-Lewin’s] goal,” Allardyce told BT Sport 1 (9:40pm, 8 February).
Richarlison now has 11 goals in 29 games across all competition this season and is the outstanding talent on the books at Everton.
The Brazilian has been moved into a more central role since Ancelotti took charge and is thriving as part of a two-man strike attack alongside teammate Calvert-Lewin.
They have a great combination of pace and power that compliment each other, which is playing a major role in the club’s climb up the table.
Richarliosn, 22, is still a young player that keeps improving and Everton are extremely fortunate to have him.