The Liverpool Echo’s head of sport David Prentice has recently labelled Richarlison’s performance against Burnley as ‘odd’.
During the latest round of Premier League fixtures, Everton travelled to Turf Moor and were held to a 1-1 draw by Sean Dyche’s Clarets (per BBC).
Robbie Brady had given the hosts the lead with an impressive strike early on but Burnley were pegged back through a Dominic Calvert-Lewin equaliser.
In the clash, Richarlison played the full 90 minutes and provided the assist for Calvert-Lewin to level the scores (per WhoScored).
In the latest episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast, Prentice discussed the Brazilian’s performance.
He said: “Richarlison had one of those odd games where [he had an] absolute moment of penetrating genius – for the assist for Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s goal.
“Then, other times, I don’t know, [he] just seemed to switch off a little bit at times, and wasn’t quite at it as he can be.
“But James [Rodriguez] was doing [well] on the other flank, so, yeah, there were positives on Saturday. Not many, albeit.”
TIF Thoughts on what David Prentice said about Richarlison…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believed that the Toffees’ Brazilian forward had moments of ‘genius’ but also had the tendency to switch off.
Do you think that Richarlison's performance against Burnley was 'odd'?
No, he played well
Yes, it was definitely odd
On the day, Richarlison was Everton’s best-rated player as he picked up a stellar 7.89/10 match rating, which on the entire pitch was only bettered by Brady (per WhoScored).
So, perhaps Prentice is being overly critical seen as though the 23-year-old forward was such a potent threat in attack for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.