'Toys out of the pram': Alan Hutton shares what he noticed in the Everton dugout on Monday night
Alan Hutton has told BBC Live’s coverage of Everton winning 3-1 over Burnley that Richarlison threw his “toys out of the pram”.
Following a dull first half, Burnley took the lead in the second. Captain Ben Mee gave the Clarets the lead, but Everton sprung into life.
Andros Townsend proved to be the catalyst, providing a gorgeous cross for fellow England international Michael Keane to equalise.
Then, Townsend produced a goal of his own – already a contender for goal of the season. He curled a delicious effort into the far corner from 25 yards.
A third came moments later, through Demarai Gray. Despite the win, Richarlison cut a frustrated figure at the top of the pitch throughout.
Subbed for Salomon Rondon on 81 minutes, Richarlison was not happy at all. Hutton, watching the game from the gantry, gave his verdict.
“Richarlison is not happy he’s getting taken off, he really threw his toys out the pram, he wouldn’t even talk to his manager,” Hutton said. “That just shows what he’s about, he wants to stay on, he wants to win.”
Hutton on Richarlison: Everton star’s passion a good thing
All Everton fans will know that Richarlison being visibly frustrated at his withdrawal is not because of something going on behind the scenes.
Nor is it a poor relationship with Rafa Benitez. It is simply that Richarlison wants to score goals, he wants to create goals, and sparkle for Everton.
He was good on Monday – not his best, but hard working in the absence of Dom Calvert-Lewin. Richarlison probably deserved a goal for his work rate.
Such is his quality, his desire to score and his anger at failing to do so will only help him – and Everton. A top player’s mentality.