Everton forward Richarlison has been among the goals for Brazil as he prepares to return to action for the Toffees next weekend for the first time in five weeks.
Hailed as a “really great” player by international colleague Neymar, the 23-year-old proved he was up to the mantle placed upon him as he found the net in Brazil’s 2-0 victory over South American rivals Uruguay in World Cup qualifying – and his impactful return to scoring ways should come as a huge boost to the Toffees.
Everton are currently on a three-game losing streak in the Premier League, for the duration of which they have been without Richarlison after he was handed a three-game suspension over a rash challenge in last month’s tempestuous Merseyside derby.
Despite that setback, the 23-year-old seems focused on remaining composed and scoring regularly. Against Uruguay, he helped to preserved the Brazilians’ 100% winning record in the South American qualifiers after heading to the net on the stroke of half time.
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The Toffees return to Premier League action with a trip to Fulham on Sunday and Richarlison will again be available for selection, having served his three-match ban. Despite Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani receiving a red card for a dangerous lunge on the 23-year-old, the Everton forward fortunately managed to avoid any injury and appears to have come away unscathed.
His availability will come as a welcome boost in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans as Everton look to resume winning ways. The fact that the Toffees have yet to record a win this season without Richarlison in the team is a not-so-subtle hint that they have missed his creativity and firepower.