Everton manager Marco Silva wants more consistency from £40 million striker Richarlison after leaving him out of the starting line-up for last weekend’s Merseyside derby.
Richarlison was a surprise omission in the goalless draw, coming off the bench in the second half. It was a brave call from the manager, validated by the result and performance against Liverpool.
Silva says the Brazilian has reacted positively since being left out as he pushes for a return against Newcastle on Saturday.
“A season is long. He started really well and after he had some moments up and down,” said Silva. “You can be decisive in one match, not so decisive in another match.
“I took the decision in the last game because I felt it would be the best solution for our squad. Bernard came in against Cardiff, did really well and helped the team. He deserved to start.
“With the development of Richarlison you’re talking about a 22-year-old player who has scored very important goals for us, good performances also. It wasn’t best moment for him in the last week. I’m here to make decisions. What I want coming from him is what he did. He did a very good 30 minutes to show me he’s ready again, if I decide for him to play. For sure, Richarlison fully understands.
“He just had one solution – show to me when he came in that he’s ready again and show during the week that he wants his place. That is everything he is doing.”