Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan has slated Everton star Richarlison for requesting a move away when things got tough.
Richarlison has been one of Everton’s most crucial assets for years. The talisman has contributed to 62 goals in 145 games for the Toffees.
In his first season at the club, Everton finished eighth in the Premier League with Richarlison scoring 13 league goals. That was the Merseysiders’ highest league finish since the Brazilian has played for the club.
This season has been a very tough one by Everton’s standards. They are currently just one place above the drop zone, with a three-point cushion.
Still, Richarlison has managed to perform to a satisfactory degree. The 24-year-old is the joint-highest goalscorer at the club with seven goals and has laid on four assists.
It was recently reported that Richarlison had informed his agent of his desire to move. That news has not been received well by former Premier League man Noel Whelan.
“That doesn’t surprise me at all,” he told Football Insider.
“I’ve said all along that I wouldn’t want to be in the trenches with him, and that just proves my point.
“You just knew all along, once Everton got into this struggle, he would be sitting at home and plotting his way out.”
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Despite Whelan’s comments, Richarlison has been one of Everton’s brightest sparks this term. He scored a brace in the 3-2 loss against Burnley earlier this month, and has fought for the side despite a poor run of form.
“That’s not commitment to me. That’s not fighting for the cause. It’s not right,” Whelan insisted.
Whelan thinks Richarlison will get move
Despite his disaccord with Richarlison’s request, Whelan thinks the striker will indeed get a move away.
“Will he get the move? Of course he will. He’s Brazil’s number nine, and he had Barcelona at his door only a couple of years ago,” he added.
“I’m sure he’ll get the move he wants, but it won’t be cheap. Everton will hold on for what they think he’s worth – provided they’re still in the Premier League.”
Indeed, a lot rests on Everton’s Premier League survival. They will be able to demand a lot more for their star should they be in the top flight next season.
With that being said, Richarlison is under contract for another two years, so Everton could recoup a hefty fee. Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the Brazilian firebrand recently.