Former player and modern day legend Tim Cahill is well loved in the Goodison Park fanbase following his lengthy spell with us in the early Noughties and he’s been speaking recently about the progress of our record club signing – Richarlison.
With the 21-year-old coming in for a potential future fee of up to £50million from Watford last summer, the Brazilian now has 27 starting appearances to his name with five further showings from the bench, and in that time he’s returned 13 goals.
With Everton struggling in recent times, his form has been hit as well but he does have back to back goals again from matches against Newcastle and Chelsea.
Speaking to Sky Sports Premier League following last weekend’s 2-0 victory, Cahill discussed his best position and he felt he was well suited for the middle role, but felt his development and growth there was being hampered by how often manager Marco Silva adjusts his starting position.
Statistics website Whoscored tally him with the following.
Striker – 11
AML – 8
AMR – 3
ML – 3
MR – 1
“Richarlison whenever I watch Everton play is playing left then he’s a striker then he’s on the right. He was on the wing against Chelsea. You have seen the start of that second half, he was going searching for the ball. He was in the middle, on the left and in the end a striker that wants goals will find them. That header he got off the rebound is instinct. He got in the right position because he had to go sniff for the ball. I think he is a striker. An out-and-out striker. He needs that continuity of playing in the same position, week in, week out.”
I would imagine few will actually disagree with his assessment there. Richarlison seems to be a confidence player so whilst he can do a job in other areas, changing his tasks around stop things from becoming more natural.