He only cost 50 million as the song goes but what is the young Brazilians best position?
He is not an out an out winger nor a centre forward. His record in the Premier League reads 76 games with a return of 18 goals and 5 assists. In 35 games last year he scored 13 goals but only assisted just the 1 goal. This record suggests he is not a winger or a playmaker as 1 assist in 35 games is a poor return for a wide player.
Of the 13 goals he scored 6 came from when he started in the left wing position, 4 from the centre forward position and the remaining 3 as a right winger.
His only strike in 4 games this season came in the cup tie at Lincoln when he played in the right wing position. Last year in his first season at Everton he started on the left wing where he predominantly played for Watford. A lack of strike power forced Marco Silva into trying him out in the central striker position. He finished the season as a right winger due to Bernard finding a bit of form late on.
With the arrival of Moise Kean and the exciting Alex Iwobi added to the hard working and skilful little Brazilian Bernard, where will Richarlison mainly feature this season?
The right wing looks most likely, but could he do a job in a Tim Cahill role just behind the striker? This would have an effect on the role Gylfi Sigurdsson would play so is very unlikely. Richarlison although a totally different kind of player to the Aussie poacher is very similar in that he cannot be described as a player who plays a certain position.
Like Cahill he rarely dominates a game but as we seen at Lincoln he was off form for 88 minutes, then produced a stunning header to wrap the game up. This is why he has to be in the team for each game. If his goals dry up along with no assists, his position may come under pressure. For now as long as he scores goals it doesn’t matter where he plays!
I think we've a few players who are versatile, but don't seem to have a particular position we can pin point as their best.
Richarlison has been played across the front 3, with reasonable results in each, but the lack of obvious form from our attackers as a whole has meant Silva has had to experiment.
I'm still not sure of the best position for players like Bernard, Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott or Dominic Calvert-Lewin either. We can look at new players also, in that Iwobi can play on the left or as a 10. Fabien Delph can play several positions too. Tom Davies is another.
Is Moise Kean versatile?
I think given we bought Iwobi, we'll likely see Richarlison play on the right.
PS. The general public won't be able to vote in the poll unfortunately.