Richarlison told Carlo Ancelotti he needed to improve his game after a disappointing campaign for the Everton forward, as the Italian coach insists the forward could have a ‘much, much better season’ next season.
- Everton forward Richarlison has scored 12 times for the Toffees this season
- However, the Brazilian attacker has not found the net since March 4
- Carlo Ancelotti claims 23-year-old can ‘do much, much better next season’
- The Toffees boss has demanded that Richarlison raise his standards from now on
Carlo Ancelotti has demanded that Richarlison raise his standards after a season where he hasn’t reached the heights the Everton manager expects.
The Brazilian forward has scored 12 times in all competitions this season, but has been without a goal since March 4.
He plans to play his 100th game for Everton against Aston Villa on Saturday night, but instead of talking about the positive progress Richarlison has made, Ancelotti took a different angle.
Carlo Ancelotti (right) has told Richarlison to raise his standards, despite the term’s good form
The Brazilian has scored 12 goals for Everton this season, but hasn’t found the net since March 4
The Italian has always spoken encouragingly about Richarlison, who signs Everton’s club record, but on this occasion the Italian made it clear that he expects a lot more from the 23-year-old – and wants a response in the last six games.
“He had problems at the start (of the season),” said Ancelotti. He started well, but was suspended and traveled with the national team and was then eliminated for a different personal reason; physically he was not always at the top, which affected his technical performance.
He had a good spell when Dominic Calvert-Lewin was absent. He scored goals and did well as a striker, but he can certainly do much, much better next season – and I hope he can do better at the end of this season too. ‘
Ancelotti claims that despite his goals, his attacker can do ‘much, much better’ for the Toffees
Asked if it was a self-confidence problem, Ancelotti replied, “No, he hasn’t lost his confidence. He is a young player with a strong motivation because he wants to play for us, for the national team, and he wants to play in the Olympics.
‘But we must not lose sight of the fact that he is still a young player. When I say he can do better, it’s not because he’s lost confidence or isn’t good enough. He is a fantastic forward, a top player and he has had a normal season, but for the quality he has he can do much better. ‘
Ancelotti has half Michael Keane available again for the home game with Villa. The 28-year-old was out of the 1-0 win at Arsenal last Friday with a leg injury.