Everton should now look at ‘overhauling the midfield’ after the ‘massive’ test of losing Richarlison to Tottenham, claims The Athletic’s Patrick Boyland.
The Lowdown: Richarlison’s move
The Merseyside outfit eventually accepted a £50m fee with £10m worth of add-ons for the Brazil international, after they initially rejected a £40m bid on Wednesday.
Richarlison has been hoping to test himself on the European stage, so a move to Tottenham will see his ambitions met by playing in the Champions League next season.
The Latest: Boyland’s claim
After it was revealed that Everton had accepted Spurs’ bid, Boyland shared his thoughts on Richarlison’s exit.
Taking to Twitter, the journalist claimed:
“It is, in essence, a massive early test for the new recruitment structure (DOF, Lampard etc). Replace best player in side that finished 16th.
“But it is not impossible and Everton must see this also as an opportunity to better balance the squad as a whole.
“Think there should be just as much focus (maybe more) on overhauling the midfield and adding pace/creativity on right. Who takes set pieces/delivers the final pass?”
The Verdict: Big hole to fill
Since arriving from Watford, the 25-year-old has gone on to establish himself as the Toffees’ most valuable player.
The transfer will now allow the club to reinvest however, given the previous worries surrounding Financial Fair Play sanctions.
A direct replacement for the winger will be very hard to come by, making this a huge loss for the Blues on the pitch, but perhaps it could benefit Lampard in the long-run if he can get his recruitment right.
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