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Update On The Future Of This Everton Star: Can Lampard Afford To Lose Him?

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In a recent report, ESPN Brasil offered an update on the future of Everton star Richarlison. It has been claimed that the Toffees forward wants to leave at the end of this campaign and join a top club in Europe.

Richarlison’s Unimpressive Season At Goodison Park

Richarlison is having a tough campaign at the Merseyside club as he has struggled to be consistent with his productivity in the final third. The 25-year-old has scored ten times and grabbed five assists in 32 matches for Everton this season across all fronts.

The Nova Venecia-born talent has done well to average 2.3 shots, 1.0 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per 90 minutes in Premier League football. However, he has been a bit inaccurate with his ball distribution after making 63.5% of his attempted passes in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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Everton’s Brazilian striker Richarlison reacts during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Brentford at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on May 15, 2022.  (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Can Everton Boss Frank Lampard Afford To Lose Richarlison This Summer?

Richarlison is proficient at finding space for himself to get a few shots in on target. He can be a decent finisher in the final third when he is playing with confidence on the field. Richarlison has mostly served as a centre-forward this season but can also fill in as a winger on either flank if needed.

The Brazil international can even create some inviting chances for his teammates in the opposition half. However, he needs to take care of the ball a bit better and find a way to be more consistent with his productivity if he wants to taste success at the highest level.

At the moment, Richarlison is not playing his best football, so the Toffees would be wise to entertain offers for him at the end of this campaign. His current contract at Goodison Park is set to run out in the summer of 2024. Still, Frank Lampard should consider cutting his loose and using the money generated from his sale to bring in a more prolific replacement this summer.

At 25, Richarlison’s best years might be ahead of him. Still, the Merseyside outfit can afford to let him go and get someone more reliable in terms of scoring goals ahead of the new campaign.

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