Richarlison scores winning bullet header for Brazil

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Richarlison came on as an early sub for Neymar and powered home a brilliant bullet header against Cameroon just before the break that would win this one for Brazil.

Neymar suffered an adductor muscle injury while taking a shot and was replaced by Richarlison.

And the Everton forward proved to be the match-winner, powering home a header on the stroke of half-time.

 

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Jay Wood
[BRZ]

1 Posted 20/11/2018 at 19:44:31
Hmmm... Brazil v Cameroon just kicked off, with Richarlison on the bench. However, he is going to play pretty much a full game.

Neymar limped off with a groin strain after just 6 minutes and our boy has joined the fray, playing wide left, Firmino down the middle and Willian wide right.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

2 Posted 20/11/2018 at 20:19:20
RICHARLISON!!!

Lovely header from a corner on the stroke of half-time.

Best Brazilian player on the park since he came on.

Fran Mitchell
3 Posted 20/11/2018 at 21:15:23
Indeed Jay. And it is very interesting. Now when I say who I support Brazilians here, they smile and say 'Richarilson',and 'Everton tem um time muito bom' (Everton have a great team).

For the previous 9 years, they had only ever said 'Quem?' (Who?)

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

4 Posted 20/11/2018 at 21:35:57
Indeed, Fran. Same reaction in my part of the world too.

Unlucky not to grab a second at the death with a good double save by the Cameroon keeper.

Richarlison is a manager's dream. As he does for Everton, he takes responsibilities for his mistakes and chased back deep in his own half if he lost the ball.

Not that he did that much tonight. He was excellent all night. Took up good positions. Made good runs with and without the ball and but for some greedy feckers around him, going for glory with woeful shooting when Richarlison was in a better position, he might well have added to the single winning goal.

Very interesting that Tite chose to put him on instead of Gabriel Jesus when Neymar got injured early doors.

The Brazilian commentators continue to drool over Richarlison. Mind you, without Neymar and Coutinho in the side, there isn't much magic in this Brazilian team, is there?

Willian - a player who should be producing it at this level - continues to be very much MIA - missing in action.

Slowly but surely, Richarlison is cementing his place in the Brazilian team.

It's got to be good for his confidence and club form.

Lawrence Green
5 Posted 20/11/2018 at 21:44:02
A very short video of the Brazilian commentators making Pigeon noises in response to Richarlison's goal. Imagine Goodison with 40,000 people doing the same thing ?

Brazil

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

6 Posted 20/11/2018 at 21:51:33
Richarlison's goal.

Brian Williams
7 Posted 20/11/2018 at 22:00:14
THAT was a really good goal. Power and accuracy after a good run into space and a great leap!
Andy Crooks
8 Posted 20/11/2018 at 22:17:49
What a goal, Jay!! That was Ronaldo-like. What a player we have.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

9 Posted 20/11/2018 at 23:25:20
Funny you made that comparison Andy.

When the missus came in from work and I showed her the goal, she did likewise.

"That was like the phenomenon at his best."

Ronaldo is affectionally known as 'o fenômeno' in Brazil.

Ronaldo, Richarlison isn't. But he is, as you say, a damn fine player.

Andrew Keatley
10 Posted 21/11/2018 at 00:34:23
Richarlison has got a really good on-pitch work ethic. He has the confidence to try things. He's strong. Determined. Quick. Imaginative. Two-footed. He seems to have good positional sense, and can play in a variety of roles for the team.

And now, it seems we can add 'very good in the air' onto that list too. I'm very impressed with him thus far (can you tell?), and excited to see how good he can become.

Peter Gorman
11 Posted 21/11/2018 at 05:31:06
Richarlison scored the only goal in Brazil's friendly against Cameroon.

Tidy header!

Phil Sammon
12 Posted 21/11/2018 at 07:42:23
What a cracker!
Liam Reilly
13 Posted 21/11/2018 at 07:47:17
Great header, angle is against him also, to generate that power.

Some player we have here; now it's about building the team around him and Marco keeping him happy because no doubt more spurious Man Utd links will surface slowly now that Lukaku's goals have dried up.

James Kirrane
14 Posted 21/11/2018 at 08:07:40
What a fantastic header. Now become an instant Everton legend by scoring the winner in the forthcoming Merseyside derby!
John G Davies
15 Posted 21/11/2018 at 08:09:30
My lad made the Ronaldo comparison the first time he watched him play. If I'm honest, I gave it the "Woah! steady there, lad, that's a big shout!"

I can see it now though. Endless potential this kid. Talent allied to a ferocious work ethic.

Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 21/11/2018 at 08:33:26
Agree with everyone who says Richarlison has got a great work ethic; the best compliment I could give him is that, every time he plays for Everton, he looks like he was brought up off County Road!
Martin Berry
17 Posted 21/11/2018 at 08:54:06
He is looking a bargain now, Mr Merson! And for a few naysayers who wondered before he even kicked a ball for Everton.

I predict Lookman will also be a star for England; yes, his tracking back is not yet on a par with Richarlison but the lad is an amazing talent too.

So much to drool about being a Blue!

Alan McGuffog
18 Posted 21/11/2018 at 08:55:58
How long before it starts, I wonder?
Dan Kemp
19 Posted 21/11/2018 at 09:58:26
Am I dreaming? We have one of the main strikers in Brazil's national team on our books?
Gordon Crawford
20 Posted 21/11/2018 at 10:01:59
Brilliant header from the boy. Merson has gone awfully quiet these days. I really do hope we can keep him and the others, and build a team that can rival the very best.

However, I do expect most of our best players to be linked with moves away before the New Year. Gomes, Richarlison, Digne etc... Our next two windows will indicate if we are ready to challenge the Sky darlings.

Brian Williams
21 Posted 21/11/2018 at 10:14:46
Heard a whisper at Finch Farm yesterday that Tranmere are looking to loan Richarlison in January for the rest of the season with a view to buy in the summer, and pay in instalments over the next 200 years.

Hey! Just passing on what I heard. :-))

Brian Murray
22 Posted 21/11/2018 at 10:18:04
Unlike Rooney, let's hope he gets the chance, year-in & year-out, to do some kopite damage! Then he really will go down in Merseyside folklore.
John Malone
23 Posted 21/11/2018 at 10:19:00
What a player! I look forward to going the game on a Saturday to see what he can produce, love him already!

The new "He's electric Richarlison" chant we nicked off Man City is quality as well — hopefully we'll hear it in full voice against Cardiff this weekend!

A couple more signings of his ilk and we'll have a real team on our hands.

Up the Toffees!

David Pearl
24 Posted 21/11/2018 at 10:27:10
Gordon, maybe in the summer window but we no longer have to sell and, if we keep looking to improve, they will want to stay, I'm sure. I doubt we start hearing Richarlison telling Brazilian media he is ready to play Champions League like our old irritating Belgium lot used to constantly do.
Tony Everan
25 Posted 21/11/2018 at 11:04:41
He is one of the hottest properties in world football right now. What team wouldn't want a 21-year-old Brazilian with that talent and improving? Skill, tenacity and determined, a scorer with feet and head ... he's got it all and imagine him in his late twenties prime.

Answer, all of them would want him on their books, bar none. This kid is the next world superstar, Ronaldo's and Messi's torch will be passed on.

His decision to come to Everton to improve and progress with Marco Silva is paying dividends. He has the personality to not let the attention go to his head too. PSG or Man City will be dangling an oid- funded cheque for him in the summer for £150M+. Barca will be already scribbling on a fag packet a Gomes plus cash deal.

I sincerely hope we resist offers for him and Jordan too, and go for the top 4 all guns blazing next season with all our best players and maybe one addition (if loanees are retained). It is about time we had some success at Everton; I can smell its sweet smell in the distance.

Brian Keating
26 Posted 21/11/2018 at 12:09:25
Unfortunately, if Barca or Real Madrid come in for him, he's off. But we should just enjoy how good he is and hope for the best that he's fallen in love with Everton and Silva convinces him he can win things at Everton.

At least Brazil have called him up, so no-one can tell him he needs to move somewhere to get capped by Brazil.

Dave Abrahams
27 Posted 21/11/2018 at 13:00:01
I'm not going to start worrying if Richarlison stays or goes – I'm just going to enjoy watching him while he is here.

Everton are on the up, going to get better and better, a club that players will want to come to, especially when we move to Bramley-Moore Dock.

I heard a whisper, a small one, that Gomes will be staying here after next summer, and why wouldn't he???

Thomas Lennon
28 Posted 21/11/2018 at 13:00:17
The only thing that will keep players that Champions League clubs want is to play in the Champions League. The only way we can make Champions League pay enough to play in the Champions League is via a purpose-designed stadium.

It all depends on Bramley-Moore Dock.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

29 Posted 21/11/2018 at 13:24:41
Thomas @ 28.

Disagree Thomas. Long term, a modern stadium will help. But David Moyes's Everton of street urchins made the top four without a spanking new stadium.

In recent years, Spurs have consistently qualified for Champions League before they built (but not yet occupied!) their new stadium. That is the model we should pursue.

It will be 3 years minimum, more likely 4-5 years in a best case scenario, before Everton may be playing at the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium. We cannot wait until then and expect to retain our better players without competing for Champions League football.

It is up to the management and board to get the recruitment and playing side right before then to have us pushing for regular Champions League football.

Kevin Prytherch
30 Posted 21/11/2018 at 13:39:24
Not on the same level but I see that Calvert-Lewin bagged another 2 for England U21s off the bench. The headlines all revolved around Solanke scoring 2 in the same game. I firmly believe this lad has a future as well.

Richarlison, Bernard, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott — There's a frighteningly pacy forward line to choose from. Seems a long way from Tosun and Rooney providing the pace up front!!!

Jerome Shields
31 Posted 21/11/2018 at 13:46:32
Richarlison looks a more aware striker since he has played centre-forward for Everton. His best position is the wing, but certainly Silva knew how to develop him as a player.

Ricky, stay well away from Neymar, bad company. He wrecks that Brazil team.

Sam Hoare
32 Posted 21/11/2018 at 14:02:30
Good wingers are much easier to find than good strikers, I'd say. Keep Richarlison up front and look at the likes of Lozano, Depay, Neres, Nicholas Pepe, Pavon, Sessegnon, Bergwijn.

Maybe give Lookman a shot. Or take a closer look at Onyekuru (not sure he's ready yet).

Plenty of decent wingers. Richarlison could be a top class centre-forward and those are very rare.

Gaute Lie
33 Posted 21/11/2018 at 14:05:55
I'm delighted with this guy!! I do believe he is a true gem.

But, considering his explosive way of playing, I'm afraid of him getting injured.

Gary Russell
34 Posted 21/11/2018 at 14:06:58
Calvert-Lewin's goals (along with a nice Dowell cross for Solanke):

Steve Ferns
35 Posted 21/11/2018 at 14:54:30
I'm also not one who is giving up on Calvert-Lewin being a top level striker. Coincidently there's this video on the official site.

Sure, you can't read too much into anything like this, but over videos in the past (from Sure's link up with Everton) were not so flattering on the lad's finishing.

I think Dom has gone up a gear this season. Sure, he ain't scored many, but he's not played many. So 4 goals in all competitions is pretty good and considering he got the 4th in October (I think) and that being 50% of what he scored last season already, for me the signs are there of a lad developing.

The other thing from that video is his physical appearance. The lad is filling out. He looks a supreme physical specimen right now. For me, finishing ability aside, I think he has everything you need for a striker. Obviously, finishing is nearly everything for a striker, but if this is coming along, then he could be some player. I'm glad Silva seems more ready to give him cameos than Tosun, and I hope to see Dom get himself a run in the side and start firing them in.

That said, I think I was wrong on Richarlison. I still think he's better right now on the left of a front three. Note: he's not a winger. He doesn't play on the wing. He doesn't go outside of his man and whip crosses in. He comes inside and scores goals. This is the inside left position. I think he's best there.

But, I do think he can develop into a striker. Clearly he has ability heading the ball and is showing signs of being able to lead the line as a proper striker. I'm not sure back to goal still, but not all strikers need to be back to goal, and if we do need such a player, then Calvert-Lewin does this very well.

As for signing another winger. I'm not so sure. I think we don't need 2 top quality players for every position. Doing so would mean that we have 4 players who cannot even get on the bench. They wouldn't like that and the good atmosphere would be ruined.

Instead, I like the idea of having 3 quality wingers, 3 quality full-backs, 3 quality centre-backs, 3 quality central midfielders, 2 quality attacking central midfielders, and 3 quality strikers (of different types). That way you have quality in the side and on the bench and then the promising young players can get on the bench when there is injuries, and no-one is missing out on making the matchday squad and so rocking the boat.

Therefore, winger wise we have Richarlison, Bernard, Walcott, and Lookman. We also have Evans, Broadhead and Gordon doing well in the U23s. Evans and Gordon see themselves as No 10s, but they're more likely to break into the side as wingers. I wouldn't want to see someone like Lozano come in, push Lookman down the pecking order and all of the good young players out the door without a game in the Premier League.

We need to accept that, in order to properly develop younger players., they need games in the Premier League and so we need to give them opportunities.

Sam Hoare
36 Posted 21/11/2018 at 15:19:55
Steve, I'm a big fan of giving youth an opportunity... but equally, if we want to feed at the top tables, then we have to put practicality before sentiment – as the big teams do.

Evans, Broadhead and Gordon are not part of the equation yet, they've barely featured at top level. If we are using Richarlison as a striker (and I think we should), that means Bernard, Walcott and Lookman as wingers. Very decent options but, for me, Walcott is too up and down and Lookman has yet to start a run of games convincingly (though I have high hopes for him).

Certainly not a priority but I wouldn't say no to Lozano or any of the other wingers I mentioned.

Frank Wade
37 Posted 21/11/2018 at 15:21:36
One of Richarlison's big plusses is his willingness to work for the team as well, unlike a previous incumbent, who is listed in the 5 lowest in the Premier League for average yards covered this season. His relationship with Silva is an advantage over potential suitors. He didn't go well for Watford after Silva left.

I hope Calvert-Lewin can continue to improve. With the interest in each game magnified and so much at stake, it's hard to imagine what goes through a young player's mind when a chance arrives in the box. Composure is the big asset for a striker and that comes with experience. I remember the golfer Howard Clark say in a golf commentary 'you have to play as if it doesn't matter, when it matters most, same for strikers, although one could take the 'doesn't matter' to extremes.

Steve Ferns
38 Posted 21/11/2018 at 15:41:49
Sam, I do agree, and if Lozano is as good as some say he is (and appeared to be in the World Cup) then we should sign him. My point is not to bloat the squad with too many players, and so someone would have to leave. We couldn't accommodate 4 wingers, 5 if Richarlison is counted. Walcott is the obvious one to sell.

I don't know enough about Lozano to know if that would be best for the club, but Brands knows better than anyone. I also trust he knows how to build a top quality squad, whilst still developing young players.

John Malone
39 Posted 21/11/2018 at 15:55:55
Lyndon/Michael you’ve incorrectly corrected my comment. The song is “She’s electric” by Oasis not “He’s electric” but thank’s for the improvement in punctuation!👍🏻
Eddie Dunn
40 Posted 21/11/2018 at 16:08:39
Calvert-Lewin showing lots of composure there, for the tap-in and the pen. That raw diamond is looking more polished this season.
John Pierce
41 Posted 21/11/2018 at 16:43:39
I'm not there with Richarlison as centre-forward. He has some but not all of the qualities you need to be a danger to all types of defenses. His is an inside forward, Steve, I agree – not a winger, but that's okay as it looks like Silva prefers the full-back to give the width.

Calvert-Lewin looks better because he's not being asked to shoulder a burden better, and more experienced players should have last season. Less a work horse, more asked to play his position. Question is, does Silva think he can give him enough game time to continue the improvement in his game?

We are missing a quality centre-forward, but they are rare and likely to beyond us financially.

In a season of transition, Silva should take the gamble of picking him.

Darryl Ritchie
42 Posted 21/11/2018 at 17:28:17
Richarlison is here because Silva is here. As long the Silva stays, I think Richarlison stays.
Tom Bowers
43 Posted 21/11/2018 at 17:30:12
The lad has quickly established himself as a class act and Everton need to cash in on his talent not by selling him but getting him the class acts to support him particularly alongside him.

The lads they have at present including Walcott just don't seem to fit the bill in a way that will take this club to the top six and stay there.

Chris Gould
44 Posted 21/11/2018 at 17:41:36
Richarlison is going to be a superstar. He needs to continue as the focal point of our attack and will likely get 20 plus league goals if he stays fit.
He wants to play as striker and has targeted being the Premier League's top scorer. That may not happen this season, but he'll be close and we'll be fending of huge bids for him in the summer.

We need to do everything we can to keep this boy happy. He is the answer up front and is only going to get better.

David Pearl
45 Posted 21/11/2018 at 17:42:16
Yes, Tom – agreed. The thing is that Richarlison, Lookman, Onyekuru, Calvert-Lewin and Bernard are all improving and will need a season or two to progress.
Rob Dolby
46 Posted 21/11/2018 at 17:42:55
Agree totally Tom #43.

We have potentially a world class player on our hands. The last time that happened we had to sell him to stay afloat.

We need more goals in the team to take the weight off him. Let's be ambitious and go and buy more quality in January. A quality left mid and another striker would be a start.

Dermot Byrne
47 Posted 21/11/2018 at 18:04:35
Swap for Lukaku?

Get my coat!

Brent Stephens
48 Posted 21/11/2018 at 18:31:22
Dermot, get back to reading about cats in boxes.
Brian Cleveland
49 Posted 21/11/2018 at 19:00:48
Lawrence (5),

I like that idea. That would be so cool to hear the entire stadium making pigeon noises when he scores!

Martin Berry
50 Posted 21/11/2018 at 19:11:27
Pleased that Calvert-Lewin is getting the thumbs up from a few. I have always thought he will become one of the very best strikers in the Premier League in the next few years, I really believe it.

The lad is now becoming a man, he has the physicality, he is strong, very quick, and can finish adeptly with his feet or head. When he eventually makes the No 9 his, I believe he will become through experience, lethal and be unstoppable!

Dermot Byrne
51 Posted 21/11/2018 at 19:15:09
Brent, I have progressed.

Link

Brent Stephens
52 Posted 21/11/2018 at 19:49:37
Dermot, erudite doesn't describe it. No really, it doesn't.
Andy Crooks
53 Posted 22/11/2018 at 00:17:38
Steve, # 35, Bernard is not a winger. He will, in my view, become our Silva.
Ian Bennett
54 Posted 22/11/2018 at 06:59:43
Rom who? First touch, work rate, no attitude. I'll stick with Merson's favourite.
Ernie Baywood
55 Posted 22/11/2018 at 07:07:10
The best news be is that he's fit!

Hopefully he can have an easy run out against Cardiff and then do some damage the next week!!!

Jim Harrison
56 Posted 22/11/2018 at 09:40:16
Don't know if it's been said already on thread, but let's get corners of that quality delivered for him at Everton!
Tony Everan
57 Posted 22/11/2018 at 11:13:39
Martin #50,

Yes, Calvert-Lewin is single-minded too, seems up for the battle to prove himself. I am sure more opportunities will come for him; he must be ready to deliver and stake his claim to be a starter.

Derek Knox
58 Posted 22/11/2018 at 11:44:16
I must admit, I was a bit skeptical when we paid all that money for him in the summer, last season; after a good start for Watford he tapered off into almost mediocrity.

Fair play to Marco Silva he knew the kid could deliver for us, and stuck to his guns, a lot of good signings in the last window, and performances that have us as fans, looking forward to every game. At long last, we seem to have a team capable of coping with teams from both ends of the table.

As has been mentioned, we need to hang on to our star assets, learn from the past, and possibly add to the squad with more quality. Hope I am right but we look a bit like Man City were 2-3 seasons ago, and they have got it right now.

Stephen Williams
59 Posted 22/11/2018 at 12:32:40
Derek (58), we are nowhere near Manchester City where 3 years ago. Try 8 years ago when they finished 5th or 9 years ago when they finished 10th. They've finished consistently top 4 and won it twice since.

I'm all for optimism but realism is just as important. We have an awful lot of improving to do until we're at that level. Hopefully we've made a start, Moshiri retains his appetite to invest and Financial Fair Play doesn't scupper us if he does. If so then we have a chance to build a quality squad that gives us a chance of competing, firstly for top 4, then later for titles – but we are miles off at present.

Tony J Williams
60 Posted 22/11/2018 at 13:02:18
Cracking goal... but he needs to stop wearing gloves with short sleeve shirts, makes you look like a twat.

What's next? Snoods??

Steve Croston
61 Posted 22/11/2018 at 14:37:59
Ernie Baywood #55. An 'easy' run out against Cardiff? It's dismissive statements like this that have haunted us for years now. No easy games, especially for us. Remember Huddersfield, West Ham etc...
Rob Halligan
62 Posted 22/11/2018 at 15:30:17
Steve, to be fair to Ernie he did say "hopefully", but I know what you mean. There are no easy games in the Premier league, and as Cardiff have very few skilful players, or tactical nous within their squad, you can bet they will go all out to stop the likes of Richarlison, Bernard and Gomes stamping their authority on the game. If I remember rightly, didn't Southampton apply similar tactics earlier on in the season?

Let's all hope that Richarlison can help us to a decent lead in the first hour, before being subbed in readiness for the trip to Analfield the following week.

Paul Thompson
63 Posted 22/11/2018 at 15:54:28
Richarlison's confidence will be sky high regarldess wherE we play him Saturday.

I must admit to being a Calvert-Lewin sceptic. Seemed not be neither aggressive or sharp enough as a finisher despite good all round play. I agree with other comments that this is beginning to change. He has filled out physically. is getting in better positions and converting more of his chances.

The first goal for England U21s showed really good awareness and speed. It is interesting that it is Calvert-Lewin rather than Tosun who is being brought off the bench as replacement or top-up striker.

Tony Everan
64 Posted 22/11/2018 at 15:55:23
Huddersfield was only a few weeks ago. You could hear the farting noise for miles as the bubble of optimism deflated.

It is early days and games like the Cardiff one have to be treated the same way as any other – with the utmost professionalism. I expect a tough game on Saturday; Cardiff won't go down without a fight.

Peter Gorman
65 Posted 22/11/2018 at 16:50:12
An easy win against Cardiff is predicated on Everton 'turning up' but since when has that ever been taken for granted?

This league is insane, the margins are as tight as they've been in years. Wolves should have taught us that. Everton need to play well to expect anything, regardless of the odd stinker from an opponent.

Robert Leigh
66 Posted 22/11/2018 at 16:57:51
Paul Thompson #63,

I think Calvert-Lewin has come off the bench recently because he is more similar to Richarlison, in that he is quick and will press constantly. Tosun is a more traditional #9 who will play between the posts.

I think we'll see Tosun come on first over the weekend as we will have much more of the ball than normal – so crosses will be thrown in more and more.

Colin Glassar
67 Posted 22/11/2018 at 17:24:38
To those that, quite rightly in some cases, criticise Calvert-Lewin remember what Ross Barkley said about not being coached at Everton. He felt like he's lost a few years because previous managers thought his natural talent would be enough.

I can see a lot of talented young players at Goodison, eg, Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Lookman, Kenny etc... so I will be interested to see if Silva is coaching them properly to get the best out of them.

Ian Bennett
68 Posted 22/11/2018 at 17:53:08
Colin – I'd be taking Barkley's comments with a big grain of salt. He got to be an England international on £100k+ a week from Everton's shit coaching. Sometimes players need to take responsibility for their careers instead of moaning that it's everyone else's fault.

No coach should take responsibility for him not tackling, having a weak left side, or being incapable of playing a simple first-time ball when on. He needs to look in the mirror first.

From the games I've seen him play for Chelsea, it looks to me as if the skill is being coached out of him. Yes, he's scored a goal or 2 – but most of the time he's playing crab Rodwell passes. If that's meant to be him shining then I am glad he's gone. He's playing a game which is constrained by coaches that don't trust him in my opinion.

Tom Bowers
69 Posted 22/11/2018 at 17:58:42
I still think Barkley is no different than when at Everton. He still has plenty of skill but still has the same weaknesses. He lacks speed and really good decision-making.

Yes, he is in favour at Chelsea and, because of that, Southgate picks him... but for how long?

Frank Wade
70 Posted 22/11/2018 at 18:33:54
Colin #67, from what I've seen so far, the young players you mention will be well coached by Silva. Totally different regime in place now.

In Barkley's case, previous managers gave him too much freedom to express himself, expecting like most of us, that there was another Rooney in there. It worked up to a point, but the quick instinctive football brain turned up missing, which was very disappointing.

Sad to see him in a Chelsea shirt on mostly bench-warming duties. He should just get his head down and stay quiet.

John G Davies
71 Posted 22/11/2018 at 18:49:24
Barkley is a bigmouth. It got him chinned in a Liverpool club.

He needs to keep his head down and try to get a place in the Chelsea starting line-up.

Brian Williams
72 Posted 22/11/2018 at 18:55:53
Colin #67.

If you look at the other side of the Barkley story, there were those that said, allegedly, that he "couldn't" be coached. I said it a while ago and I stick by what I said then.

There's virtually no difference in Barkley's play since he moved to Chelsea – just a difference in his profile.

Phil Sammon
73 Posted 22/11/2018 at 18:57:46
Ian @68,

Barkley has a weak left side? What are you on? He's one of the most two-footed players around.

Eddie Dunn
74 Posted 22/11/2018 at 19:18:14
Perhaps Barkley has caught Southgate's eye due to his higher profile at one of the Sky six?

I honestly don't think he is anything different from the player we had but he has got better players around him, which helps. He has played in a fairly conservative way so far... but, with so many Fancy Dans in his side, it may be his best option.

Colin Glassar
75 Posted 22/11/2018 at 21:14:07
Ross is still massively inconsistent but the raw talent is there, I just don’t know if there’s a brain to match. He’s such an irritating sod.

Richarlison on the other hand is the real deal. Young, raw, talented and has a football brain. This kid can go as far as he wants.

Mike Gaynes
76 Posted 22/11/2018 at 21:38:31
Steve #38, Lozano is in fact every bit as good as advertised – 11 in 20 for PSV this season and some electric performances for Mexico. Although some sloppy finishing has kept his scoring numbers down, his lighting pace and relentless energy simply terrorize defenses.

However, I remain skeptical of our ability to sign him. Barcelona, Chelsea and his childhood favorite Man Utd are lining up for him next summer. And if he continues performing at current levels, he'll be far beyond our budget.

Nobody here has been boosting the boy longer or stronger than I have, but I think our window closed when he lit up the World Cup.

Stan Schofield
78 Posted 22/11/2018 at 21:52:34
Regarding Barkley, a major factor that influenced him having bad form playing for us, was the fact that we were disorganised and dysfunctional for several seasons before the current one. Very few of our players shone, certainly not consistently, during that time.

Players always have the best brought out in them when playing under a manager who can organise the team well, playing good attacking football, particularly 'ball players' like Barkley.

He seems to be having a decent spell at Chelsea at the moment, no doubt helped by their being a good well organised side. But he doesn't look any better than when he played for us at a time when we were well organised, like in Martinez's first season.

I don't think more can be read into the situation than that. Perhaps when Barkley talks about 'no coaching' he's referring to the lack of organisation after Martinez's first season?

Tom Bowers
79 Posted 22/11/2018 at 22:31:22
I cannot see Barkley being any better than he is now. A couple of goals and assists does not make him a world beater.

He has to show consistency for the rest of the season to convince me he is a top performer and worthy of an England place.

John G Davies
80 Posted 23/11/2018 at 11:15:05
This lad will do a good job while we wait for a centre-forward to come in. Tosun is not going to do it; Calvert-Lewin is a little bit off.
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
81 Posted 23/11/2018 at 16:05:15
Brazil assistant manager Cleber Xavier has hailed the influence of Everton manager Marco Silva on Richarlison’s development.

Richarlison has scored three times in six international appearances and netted a decisive header in a 1-0 friendly win against Cameroon this week.

Following the victory, Xavier said: “Marco Silva is really important in his career, he brought him to Watford then Everton. That is something which is really good for us. We exchange information between the club and the national team.

“He played as a winger for Watford and initially Everton, and for Brazil, we were using him as a centre-forward – the position he has been playing for Everton recently, too.

“This is really positive and Marco Silva is one of the most important guys in developing his career.”

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