Richarlison is vowing to continue pouring every available ounce of energy into his football for Everton – regardless of where manager Marco Silva asks him to play.
The Brazilian won instant favour with Evertonians by delivering a series of potent displays from out wide following his summer arrival from Watford.
Richarlison scored three goals in his first five matches for the Club – including a double on his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers – before being switched by Silva to a centre-forward role.
And he has proved equally prolific as Everton’s attacking spearhead, striking three times in five outings in his new position.
“I feel comfortable playing down the middle,” said Richarlison, who is joint-fourth in the Premier League scoring charts with six.
“I will play wherever the coach needs me and do my best for the team.
“I am doing what he is asking from me, which is to produce goals and play the way he wants. And I will carry on working hard up front."
Richarlison contributed a selfless frontrunning display in Everton’s weekend draw at Chelsea and has waded through a mountain of work in his 10 Premier League games for the Club.
He is completing 16.71 sprints per match, fewer than only Theo Walcott [17.73] in Everton’s squad, and has been clocked shifting at a top speed of 34.66 kilometres per hour (kph), bettered among his teammates only by the seriously rapid Dominic Calvert-Lewin [34.94kph].
Richarlison is covering 10.70km per match on average and put countryman David Luiz’s endurance to the test at Stamford Bridge, constantly asking questions of the Chelsea centre-back with his incessant movement.
“It was all about giving everything, I only trained once during the week because I’d taken a knock [in the victory over Brighton & Hove Albion eight days previously],” said Richarlison.
“It was a battle, not just for me but for the whole group.
"It is hard to play at Chelsea and a point is worth a lot. We hit our target, which was to leave with at least a point.”
Richarlison ran himself to a standstill in west London and was replaced by Calvert-Lewin with 60 seconds remaining of a frenetic encounter.
But the 21-year-old allayed any concerns over his availability for Brazil’s meeting with Uruguay at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Friday, when he hopes to add to his four-cap haul – amassed since joining Everton.
Brazil face Cameroon in Milton Keynes four days later on Tuesday, November 20 – with Everton back in action the following Saturday, when Cardiff City visit Goodison Park.
National team boss Tite has deployed Richarlison both on the right and down the middle, conjuring up the possibility he could partner one of his fellow Premier League forwards – Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus or Roberto Firmino of Liverpool – in attack for the game against Uruguay.
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“I’m very happy to be called up again for Brazil and I hope to play my best, to give my all for the Brazil shirt, as always, and score plenty of goals,” added Richarlison, who has struck twice for his country.
“Tite is going to decide who plays. But, of course, I could play alongside Jesus or Firmino. At Everton the coach has asked me to play as a striker, and I’ll do whatever Tite asks of me for Brazil.
“There’s no reason to worry about the injury, it is just a small knock, nothing serious. I’d given everything out there [against Chelsea]. It was a difficult match and an injury can happen at any time. So I asked the coach to be substituted, to bring on someone who was in better shape than me.
“We worked well as a team and got an important result.”