Richarlison: Everton Squad Strength Can Be Key

Richarlison hopes to remain as one of the Premier League’s most lethal goalscorers this season as the forward backed Everton's squad strength to be key over Christmas.

The Brazil international has netted 11 times in 22 appearances for Club and country so far this season, including eight for the Blues.

By his own admission, league goal number nine should have arrived at the Etihad on Saturday in the defeat to Manchester City, as the 21-year-old blazed a volley over the bar at 0-0.

But Richarlison has been a regular threat for the Blues and sits joint third in the top goalscorer rankings alongside Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Citizens talisman Sergio Aguero, Glenn Murray of Brighton and England and Bournemouth frontman Callum Wilson.

Furthermore, Richarlison has scored every 161 minutes in the league, alongside Tottenham Hotspur’s England captain Harry Kane, and has hit the target with 68 per cent of his 22 shots, with only Hazard and Raheem Sterling posting better figures from those with eight or more goals.

However, the 21-year-old is out to continue that impressive form in order to help the Toffees pick up as many points as they can over the pivotal Christmas period, which begins with the visit of Spurs to Goodison Park on Sunday.

“Every time I go on the pitch I want to score and help my colleagues,” said Richarlison. “But unfortunately that did not happen [against Manchester City].

“I would also like to stay among the top scorers in the league.

“But the most important thing is to win matches and I am going to work hard to make that happen.

“The team played well [against City]. We had opportunities to go ahead - I had that chance but unfortunately missed it.

“The next game is Tottenham and we will be aiming to get the three points.”

Richarlison was back out wide of Everton’s attack for the trip to Pep Guardiola’s title challengers, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin selected by Marco Silva to lead the line.

An impressive performance from the England Under-21 international saw him register his fifth goal of the season as he headed past Richarlison’s countryman Ederson.

Richarlison himself points to the strength in depth that the Toffees possess that they can utilise different options up front depending on the game plan and believes Calvert-Lewin has pressed his claims for further action as the squad copes with a tricky fixture list over the festive period.

“Marco Silva trusts the players and we really trust in him,” added the summer signing. “There has to be some rotation given tiredness, the amount of games in December – it is busy.

“We need some respite, but that creates opportunities for other players to go on the field and send a message. [Strength in depth] is essential for the team.

“Dom is a great player and helps out loads up front. He holds up the ball really well and scores goals.

“He is still very young so there is room to develop. But I think he will be really important in helping us out for the rest of the season.”



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