Everton

TT Battle: Richarlison vs Kenedy

Everton will have the chance to bounce back from their last-minute Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool when they take on Newcastle United at home in the Premier League on Wednesday.

Despite their recent loss against their rivals, the Toffees still sit sixth in the table, and manager Marco Silva will now be looking towards players such as Richarlison to get the club back on track.

While he was unable to bag himself a goal at Anfield, it has still been a bright start to the season for the 21-year-old who has quickly become Everton’s biggest threat.

As for Newcastle, they will be hoping their own Brazilian forward in Kenedy can inspire them to victory when they make the trip to Goodison Park. With that in mind, how do the two compare?

Richarlison

Having initially arrived for big money from Watford in the summer to give Silva — the man who brought him to England when he was in the Vicarage Road dugout — a quality option out wide on the left, Richarlison has since been converted into a No.9 by the Portuguese coach.

And the Brazil international by no means has done a bad job there. He is starting to develop more of a goal-scoring instinct, an obvious essential for someone playing up front, while his other attributes in general are helping him to do a lot of damage in his new position.

Richarlison has the sort of pace that allows him to play on the shoulder of defenders, yet he also looks surprisingly strong at times and capable of holding the ball up like an old-fashioned centre-forward.

It may not have been something Silva envisioned at first, but the ex-Fluminense man might just be the Everton boss’ ideal striker.

TT Grade: A-

Kenedy

Kenedy’s impact this term pales in comparison with Richarlison’s but, technically, there is not too much of a difference between the two.

Like his compatriot, Kenedy thrives in 1v1 situations in a way most Brazilian forwards do. He has both the pace and skill to leave defenders in his wake.

What he lacks, however, is a bit more cutting edge in the final third, an area where Richarlison is improving in drastically.

Time spent sitting on Chelsea’s bench, playing left wing-back under Antonio Conte — a manager he appeared to not get along with — and a failed loan spell with Watford, has not done his development any favours.

But at 22 years of age, the Fluminense youth product still has plenty of time to be moulded into a quality and consistent winger, something that could easily happen under a coach like Rafael Benitez or Maurizio Sarri should he remain at Chelsea next season once his loan with Newcastle ends.

TT Grade: B-

TT Verdict:

Both Everton and Newcastle head into their upcoming Premier League encounter in good form with their defeats against Liverpool and West Ham minor setbacks after some encouraging results.

At Goodison Park, though, and with the way they have played of late including in their loss versus Liverpool, it is hard to imagine Everton not coming out on top with Richarlison likely to play a huge role in any potential victory.

Right now, compared to Kenedy and the rest of Newcastle’s attackers, he has simply been on another level.

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