Jamie Jackson: Everton face problems if Richarlison leaves Goodison Park this summer
The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson believes that Everton striker Richarlison won’t be a Goodison Park next season and that is a “problem” for the Toffees.
The Daily Mail reported on Monday 20 June that Chelsea are set to join Tottenham and Arsenal in pursuing a deal for the 24-year-old Brazilian forward.
Jackson feels that the Everton man will leave the club this summer and that could be a problem for Frank Lampard going forward.
Talking to Sky Sports on Tuesday 21 June, Jackson said: “He’s similar to Raphinha in terms of goals and assists last season but for me, £50million is a lot for a player who, in my personal opinion, has not set the Premier League or our domestic football alight.
“He’s not a sure-fire bet so I’m interested that Tuchel’s after him and I think one thing we can say is that I don’t think he will be at Everton next season which for them is a problem.
“He’s the sort of player they need.
“Lampard needs him to prevent them from dicing with relegation again next season.
Stick or twist
What is crucial is that Everton make their stance on Richarlison very clear and find a resolution as quickly as possible.
There should be hope that Lampard and Kevin Thelwell have undergone the right steps behind the scenes to adequately replace the Brazilian should he depart Goodison Park this summer.
Richarlison is a dynamic character who has certainly made an impact at Everton since his arrival from Watford.
With funds potentially being quite tight at the Toffees this summer, Lampard needs to assess whether the Brazilian is an absolute requisition for his Everton plans for the 2022/23 season.
It feels as if there does need to be a big summer of change this season at Everton and potentially allowing the players, who were ultimately responsible for the club’s relegation fight, to leave Goodison Park.
£50million seems a reasonable deal for a player who is in the prime of his career and has a good level of Premier League experience, along with being a Brazil international.
It’s time to get the Richarlison saga resolved so Lampard knows what he’s working with.