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Richarlison could break Premier League record as key strengths outlined

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 21/07/2020 18:10:50 Reece Chambers
a close up of Carlo Ancelotti talking on a cell phone: Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti embraces "real striker" Richarlison. © Alex Livesey/Getty ImagesEverton manager Carlo Ancelotti embraces "real striker" Richarlison.

The 2019/20 season isn't likely to go down in the history books for most Everton supporters.

Carlo Ancelotti's appointment indeed marks a significant appointment from the club but inconsistent form since lockdown indicates that the accomplished Italian manager will need significant backing in the transfer market.

While a number of Blues players could be on their way out of Goodison Park this summer, one player that the club will be desperate to keep hold of is Richarlison.

In an otherwise inconsistent season for the club, the Brazilian forward has continued to develop on a personal front and could yet break a Premier League record on the final day of the season against Bournemouth.

Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino currently holds the record for most league goals scored in one season for a Brazilian with 15 in 2017/18, yet 13 goals last season and the same number with one game to play in this campaign sees Richarlison right on the brink of bettering that total.

Scoring a hat-trick against Bournemouth on Sunday will be required to make that happen and, whilst unlikely, being in that type of reckoning is a testament to his development at Goodison Park.

In addition, the way in which the Everton striker has consistently delivered in front of goal this season shows him to be a unique type of threat when it comes to Premier League centre forwards.

The 22-year-old boasts a range of qualities from efficiency in front of goal to intense pressing and aerial ability - the latter being a reason for his good goal return for the Blues.

As per data provider Wyscout, Richarlison has scored five of his 13 goals with headers this season which stands as a good return when you consider that he is only 5'10" and perhaps doesn't possess the attributes of more physically imposing forwards.

To an extent, Richarlison's placement in this Everton side is a good blend given that the Blues tend to cross more than the average team in the league. Lucas Digne, for instance, is one of the most frequent crossers of the ball with a total of 156 crosses this season ranking him sixth amongst the league's best.

For Richarlison, that type of frequent delivery has proved useful in optimising his ability in the air. The French left-back has provided three assists for the striker this season as well as three more coming from Dijbril Sidibe at right-back.

Another headed goal against Sheffield United on Monday evening demonstrated how the Brazilian possesses something highly valuable in games decided by tight margins. Well executed set-pieces can often produce marginal gains and it is no coincidence that Richarlison finds himself in effective areas of the penalty area frequently.

Continued progression of Ancelotti's 4-2-2-2 (or 4-4-2) formation is likely to see the 22-year-old afforded the opportunity to use his aerial strengths moving forward, but the partnership he has built with Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season is equally encouraging.

For all of Richarlison's success in front of goal - currently sitting on 26 Premier League goals for the Blues - sharing the workload in attack is just as important to ensure more consistent results.

With Calvert-Lewin, that is an element which continues to evolve with the English forward netting 13 times this season which shows a significant improvement on last season's six goals.

Much of the improvement for Calvert-Lewin is due to a budding partnership with Richarlison and the Brazilian has proven adept as working in a centre forward duo. As shown below, he drifts wide in order to create space for his striking partner to get into a good attacking position and then delivers a decisive pass for his teammate.

a group of football players on a field © Provided by Liverpool Echo

Richarlison sets up Calvert-Lewin in the penalty area (Image: Wyscout)

A key part of Ancelotti's system is based on the premise that his players can build partnerships across the pitch and no other duo for the Blues has been more effective than the front two this season.

In the case of Richarlison, an evolution of his skillset to work alongside another centre forward spells good news for Everton who have been the beneficiaries of two promising strikers coming towards the start of their physical peak.

If the Brazilian manages to score a hat-trick against Bournemouth on the weekend, he will be justly rewarded after a season of vital contributions in an otherwise inconsistent side.

Nevertheless, his continued progression over the last 12 months suggests that 16 goals next season isn't out of his grasp.

21. heinäkuuta 2020 21:10:50 Categories: Ilta Sanoma Liverpool Echo Taloussanomat

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