Everton forward Richarlison returned to action for the Blues against Arsenal at the weekend but he was hampered by playing out wide rather than being the spearhead of the Blues’ attack.
The Brazlian enjoyed his first two international caps this month, and played as a striker in his first international cap – scoring twice and winning a penalty against El Salvador.
So why is he not leading the line at Everton?
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was given an early chance against The Gunners but fluffed his lines, somehow scuffing an attempted stepover against Peter Cech in the opening minutes at The Emirates, and that set the tone.
He then missed a simple chance which would have been ruled out for offside if he’d scored – and if the linesman was playing the offside rule that day.
Both of those chances, had they fallen to Richarlison, would surely have ended up in the back of the net.
Instead the Brazilian was limited to cutting in from the wings and trying to wrap his wonderful right foot around long range shots.
When Cenk Tosun replaced Calvert-Lewin, he faired no better, continuing his goal-less start to the season.
The Turk has created two for the Blues, but has failed to find the back of the net so far this term.
It’s not as if there is a shortage of pace available to create chances for Richarlison. Theo Walcott has proven that he is still able to provide from the right, while left-back Lucas Digne is also more than capable of providing an assist. There is also the forgotten talent of Ademola Lookman who could provide a useful foil on either wing, as well as helping out down the middle.
In a poll on our Everton forums this weekend, Richarlison came out top as Evertonian’s preferred choice of striker. But do you agree?