In six Premier League games so far Everton have scored 8 goals and only one has come from a striker, with even that goal by Dominic Calvert-Lewin was while he was playing as winger.
We have reviewed the futility of the team’s starting striker Cenk Tosun, and provided some reasoning around his overall effectiveness as well, but Marco Silva also knows that the Blues need goals and is willing to try whatever it takes to get the Toffees firing again after getting just two goals in the last three games, two of those at Goodison Park.
Speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of Fulham’s visit tomorrow, Silva admitted that he’d tried out Richarlison in the centre forward role this week in training.
“It’s a question of course, I understand. We have three strikers in our squad and since the beginning I told you we have Richarlison.
“There’s Dominic, Oumar Niasse and Cenk but he can play striker as well. It’s something he already did with me (at Watford). It is possible. Everything is possible. Depending on my decision as well.
“What I know is he performed really well where he is playing now on the sides, on the left or right. He can perform well as a striker too.
“It’s different of course. It’s not a position he has played very many times. He played some times in Brazil in that position
“Here, in the Premier League, maybe two or three games and of course he had a fantastic debut for the national team as a striker.
“Everybody is talking about the situation because in the last game we created a good number of chances we didn’t score, but I think all of us are happy with the performance of Richarlison on the left side.”
When asked if Bernard’s good showing on the left meant that Richarlison could move to a more central role, Silva added -
“Of course. It’s one more reason for that conversation. It’s one more solution when you have a player like Bernard and Richarlison as well, and I will make the decision tomorrow.
“For a player to play as striker he has to work more time there. He has been working, and this week in some moments (Richarlison) worked as a striker as well.”
Playing at home against a defensively-suspect Fulham side, it would not be surprising at all if the Blues started the game with Richarlison up top, and the trio of Bernard, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott behind him.