Everton must prove they can win without Richarlison, says Ancelotti

Andy Hunter
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<span>Photograph: Dave Thompson/EPA</span>
Photograph: Dave Thompson/EPA

Carlo Ancelotti has said Everton must react to losing their unbeaten record at Southampton by proving they can win without Richarlison.

Everton’s defeat last Sunday was their first this season and the latest demonstration of their reliance on the Brazil international, who is serving a three-match ban for his dismissal against Liverpool. Richarlison has missed six Premier League games out of a possible 82 since arriving from Watford in 2018 and Everton have not won in his absence.

Ancelotti, who will also be without the injured James Rodríguez and suspended Lucas Digne at Newcastle on Sunday, has demanded an end to that sequence.

“I know this statistic and I can say to two things,” the Everton manager said. “One is that Richarlison is a really important player for us and for the club, and the second is that it is time to win to break this statistic. It is the time, it really is the time. We have the possibility.

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“Richarlison is an important player but we have a possibility to replace him well, maybe with a different characteristics, but with good players, so we don’t have to be focused too much on the fact that Richarlison is not here, Digne is not here and James is not here. We still have a good squad and if we do our best we have a possibility to win.”

Richarlison’s suspension has increased the goalscoring responsibility on Dominic Calvert-Lewin with Everton short on attacking alternatives after Moise Kean joined Paris Saint-Germain on a season’s loan. Kean has scored four goals in his past two games for PSG, including both in the 2-0 Champions League win at Basaksehir on Wednesday, to equal his total from 37 appearances for Everton. Ancelotti insists the Italy international will return when his loan in France ends.

“This is what the contract says. We decided to allow him to go on loan to play more, but he has an opportunity to play more and show his quality here and he will be back next season for us.”