Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has taken aim at Toffees boss Marco Silva for failing to get the best out of star striker Richarlison, hinting that he is being played out of position.
Since joining Everton, the Brazilian forward has scored 15 goals and assisted three more in 46 appearances at Goodison Park, including two strikes this season, but Robinson has suggested he would play a much more fruitful role if he was played centrally permanently.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Spurs shot-stopper has lamented that policy – claiming he needs to play centrally.
“I’d like to know where he prefers to play because the manager Silva plays him wide right, left or sometimes he gets to go down the middle,” explained the pundit.
“I have a hunch that he prefers to play down the middle as a central striker.
“I don’t know that but I’d like to know his preferred position because when you’ve got a player of his ability, when you pay £50m for a player of his ability, you play him where he is best and where he prefers to play.
“I think he’s a brilliant player who’s got goals in him, he’s always a threat but I don’t think Everton get the best out of him because of where he plays.”
Indeed, despite the Brazilian’s brilliant start to the beginning of last campaign, he’s so far failed to replicate that form – so maybe Robinson could have a point.
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