Coleman Reveals Why 'Warrior' Richarlison Is One Of The Best

Seamus Coleman says “warrior” Richarlison is among the finest attackers he’s played with – and the Brazilian’s X-factor is instrumental to Everton’s resurgence in the second half of this campaign.

Richarlison conjured the decisive moment in Everton’s final game before the ongoing winter break, striding forward to despatch a searing strike beyond Crystal Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and tip a delicately-poised contest in the Blues’ favour.

A late goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, following up after Richarlison thudded a header against the crossbar, put Everton out of sight and made it 22 points from 11 matches since caretaker Duncan Ferguson inspired a 3-1 success against Chelsea back on 7 December.

Coleman last month celebrated his 11th anniversary as an Everton footballer and has made 309 appearances for the Club.

Asked where Richarlison rates among his teammates in that period, Coleman told evertontv: “As attacking players go, he’s right up there.

“He made that goal [against Crystal Palace] out of nothing, really.

“I was watching it from the right-back position and I’m thinking, ‘There is every chance he can get something here’.

“He finished it brilliantly.

“And you know what, he is so loved in the changing room – he’s a great character.


“What I enjoy most about him – and I know everybody loves to see the goals – is his work-rate and desire to win.

“He’s got niggles every second week, but he gets on with it.

“He’s a warrior and we’re very happy to have him. He’s a proper Everton player.”

Richarlison has been directly involved in 12 goals in his 24 Premier League appearances this term.

He has scored nine in total and three in his past four games, with his solo effort against Palace adding to a virtuoso strike to down Brighton & Hove Albion last month.

Indeed, Richarlison’s rudimentary numbers don’t tell the whole story of the 22-year-old’s influence on his team.

Discounting the Palace game, when Everton ultimately prevailed by a two-goal margin, Richarlison’s league strikes have been worth seven points to his side.

Additionally, he launched the Blues' revival with the opening goal in that Goodison slaying of Chelsea.

At Watford a fortnight ago, it was Richarlison’s surge upfield which paved the way for Theo Walcott’s exhilarating last-minute winner – a contribution from the South American which will be overlooked on the statistics pages.

Richarlison scored 14 goals in all competitions in his debut Everton season after joining from Watford in summer 2018 – and has added another two in the Carabao Cup this term.

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He will try to hit double figures for this term when Everton go to Arsenal on Sunday aiming to maintain their tremendous form under Carlo Ancelotti, the Italian manager winning five and drawing two of his opening eight league games in charge.

And Coleman, who insists Everton’s productive run of late demands they must “push for European football”, says the recent victory over Palace illustrated the value of forwards who can bend games to their wills.

“I think you need that bit of magic [in attacking positions],” added Coleman.

“As defenders, you’re working so hard to try to keep the ball out of the net and you’re hoping your attacking players can ease the pressure at times.

“All three of them – Bernard, Richy and Dom – scored in the game.

“A massive burden was lifted off us when you saw him [Richarlison] hit the back of the net and, from being under pressure, we were 2-1 in front.”