By George Overhill

17th Sep, 2022 | 9:10am

Everton are “suffering with a lack of ambition now” and are a long way from achieving big things, according to former Goodison star Richarlison.

The Brazilian international left the club the summer to move to Tottenham for £60million after being crucial to the Toffees staying in the Premier League last season.

He had built a strong connection with the fans during the relegation battle which he still acknowledges, but says despite that he had to leave because the club is not close to winning any trophies.

Speaking to FourFourTwo he said: “It’s always a tough call when you have such strong connections with your club, and that was definitely the case for me.

“I was happy at Everton and I’m grateful for everything I learned there. It’s a big club with a lot of history. 

“However, perhaps they’re suffering with a lack of ambition nowadays. You know, that eagerness to win matches and trophies.

“I spent four years there and I could see there was still a very long way to go to achieve big things. I felt it was the right time to move on, and the club also had to make some money. It was a good deal for everyone involved. I’m delighted with this new challenge at Spurs.”

Gone

For all that the Everton squad is coming together now there is a distinct Richarlison-shaped hole at the top end of it, with the club unable to truly replace him during the transfer window.

The financial situation backed them into a corner and meant they had to let one of the main stars of the previous season go.

The irony is that it was arguably ambition that created that situation as the heavy spending under previous managers, including the signing of Richarlison himself, was made specifically to push into the Premier League’s top tier, but wasn’t done coherently enough.

There were times during the previous miserable campaign where his words might have rung true in terms of eagerness to win games, but at the business end of the season that wasn’t the case.

Nobody can deny his importance to remaining in the top flight when relegation would have been catastrophic for this club, and for that he always has a place in Toffees history.

But for all Spurs look a dangerous outfit under Antonio Conte there is a reason Harry Kane tried to leave a year ago, and in the last 30 years their return of two League Cups hardly dwarfs Everton’s FA Cup so there’s no guarantee he will win any more there.