Richarlison comments indicate Everton commitment

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Brazilian forward Richarlison has been quoted in the Liverpool Echo talking of his hopes for success with his country and Everton. So does this mean the 23-year-old is commiting himself to the Toffees?

Richarlison’s future has been a question that is hanging over Everton with reports last year that he was going to give the club another twelve months to see if improvements happened before he would decide whether to stay at Goodison Park or look to move on.

He had come off another good campaign where he had scored another thirteen goals and had been the sides joint top-scorer alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

But the team had again struggled and although there had been a lift from Carlo Ancelotti’s arrival halfway through the season, the club ultimately finished a very mediocre twelfth.

However, the Echo article today though says that the Brazil forward is now looking to success in the future with the Blues and he is full of praise for his current manager Carlo Ancelotti.

So all that would seem to indicate that Richarlison is now reckoning on sticking with the Toffees long-term as he sees the results of Ancelotti’s work begin to show in improved performances and results this season.

This is a little ironic now as Richarlison has actually not had a great season and was particularly struggling around the turn of the year after he had been sent off in the Goodison Park derby back in October.

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This poor form seemed partly a consequence of the altered tactics Ancelotti deployed after he had added his summer signings Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez. His switch to a 4-3-3 formation had left Richarlison more isolated operating wider on the left.

At any rate his form has improved once he and Ancelotti had agreed a tweak in his position and he started finding the back of the net again recently.

In another related article Richarlison also has praise for his fomer manager at both Everton and his previous English club Watford.

That was Marco Silva of course who brought the Brazilian to England when he was at the Hornets and then after his protracted and controversial move to the Blues he returned to Watford and signed Richarlison in a £40 million deal in 2018.

I reckon most if not all Evertonians will be glad to hear that their fiesty forward is ready to commit to the Blues cause.

There is though still uncertainty about what exactly is his best position, is it playing wider, or behind Calver-Lewin or possibly up front on his own? Longer-term to get the best out of him, I think Ancelotti has to solve this question.