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Kevin Ratcliffe claims Richarlison isnít suited to play as a second striker desp


sbo bz sbobetEverton forward Richarlison continued his fine form for Brazil over the international break, coming off the bench to bag the winner in the 1-0 victory over Cameroon.The 21-year-old has now scored three goals in six games for the South American giants, while he has six goals in 10 Premier League appearances for Everton.

Richarlison came on for the injured Neymar during the friendly against the African side, playing as a second striker alongside Manchester Cityís Gabriel Jesus and later Liverpoolís Roberto Firminho.Brazilís manager Tite reckons the Everton forward can feature as a second striker going forward, but club legend Kevin Ratcliffe believes he isnít ready to play in the position.

ďRicharlison also came off the bench to replace Neymar and scored the winning goal sbo bz sbobet for Brazil against Cameroon but although heís done well as both a winger and a centre-forward for both his club and country this season Iím not sure about his national team coach Titeís remarks about his ability to also play as a second striker,Ē Ratcliffe told Liverpool Echo.

ďFrom what Iíve seen, Iíd say no. Not at the moment but maybe later on in his career. I canít see him as a Peter Beardsley type of player but then Gylfi Sigurdsson is different too.ďI think somebody like Richarlison has got to play as far up the pitch as he can, I donít want to see him coming deeper and trying to link players in. Heís scored six goals already and every game heís having chances.Ē

Manager Marco Silva will surely have sbo bz sbobet heard Titeís remarks and could be tempted to try Richarlison out in a third position.But going by Ratcliffeís comments, the youngster is clearly not ready to play as a second striker, and the Portuguese mustnít heed the advice of the Brazilian tactician as it could backfire.