Frank Lampard has reminded Richarlison that it is a good thing to be responsible for goal-getting after backing the Everton forward and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to return to form.
It has been a tough season for Everton, particularly in front of goal. Calvert-Lewin started the campaign well, but soon suffered an injury. In his absence, the Toffees slid down the table.
Their decline in form culminated in the sacking of Rafael Benitez and appointment of Lampard. Richarlison scored in the new manager’s first game in charge back in February, but is goalless in nine outings since.
Calvert-Lewin has also come back in that time, but is still building up his sharpness. As such, the onus has been on Richarlison to get the goals. It is fair to say he has under-delivered when considering his ability.
Richarlison continues to be linked with a transfer to Manchester United or other suitors. There have been reports that either he or Calvert-Lewin will be sacrificed to balance the books in the summer.
For now, he must focus on his duties at Goodison Park. Lampard will be hoping he has the impact needed to steer them away from the relegation zone.
Author of many goals in his own career, Lampard had some encouragement for Richarlison. According to the Everton manager, it is important for him to take the responsibility as a positive.
He said at a press conference: “I think the burden of wanting to score goals is a natural one for a goalscorer.
“I see a hungry player who shows that in his performance a lot.
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“It’s the the way I’d want it; I was a similar player myself. I don’t think it is a burden in terms of negative sense.
“It is a good burden and when we get a better output from the top end of the pitch we will see results.”
Lampard hoping for Calvert-Lewin benefit
Lampard was speaking in view of Everton’s match against West Ham on Sunday. It could give Calvert-Lewin the chance to get back up to speed as well, against one of the clubs he has been linked with.
The England international has played eight times since shaking off his physical problems, but is yet to add to his three goals from earlier in the season.
Lampard believes he has not been fully match-fit, but the recent international break has allowed him to recover his levels.
He added: “The break has been positive for Dominic. I haven’t had much benefit of him in the league – I think three starts – and he was playing short of fitness.
“A striker needs to be 100 per cent and we have worked well with him over the last couple of weeks.
“Without putting any undue pressure on him, because it’s tough to be a striker with expectation, but he’s in a good place.”