Everton continued their unbeaten beginning to the season on Saturday afternoon with the new philosophy implemented by Marco Silva proving to be hugely successful thus far.
Silva’s arrival at Goodison Park has transformed the attitude and expectations of the Everton supporters who became incredibly frustrated last season due to Sam Allardyce’s negative style of football. With the likes of Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott combining to great effect in the final-third it’s a promising time for the club, but they couldn’t extend their winning run to three matches on Saturday as they drew 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Recent history has taught us that fixtures between these two sides generally produce plenty of goals and that trend continued once again as a second-half frenzy saw 4 goals fly in within the space of just 23 minutes. However, it was an afternoon characterised by both vibrant attacking football and ill-discipline as both sides had a player sent off.
In a rash moment of pure petulance, Richarlison (valued at £31.5 million by Transfermarkt) went from hero to zero by moving his head in the direction of Charlie Daniels’ head shortly before half-time. To call his action a headbutt would be a gross misinterpretation as the contact was minimal at most, but the rules clearly state that actions of this nature warrant a red card and Lee Probert had absolutely no choice but to give him his marching orders.
For all of Richarlison’s brilliance since joining Everton this summer, his act of petulance was a subtle reminder that the Brazilian still has plenty to learn if he wants to realise the full extent of his potential. Whilst speaking during his regular slot on BBC’s Match of the Day, Alan Shearer launched a scathing attack on the 21-year-old claiming his red card was “madness, crazy, pathetic”.
And Sherarer was absolutely right to criticise Richarlison for his foolish act as his side will now be without a key attacking player for the next 3 fixtures. Not only will his decision negatively impact on the team but also on his individual form as the momentum he was beginning to gather has been firmly crushed by his dismissal.
All Richarlison can do now is apologise to both his teammates and his manager, learn from the mistake and ensure that he keeps a cool head when he is provoked in the future, otherwise his lack of discipline will ultimately tarnish his immensely promising career.
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