Former Everton forward Victor Anichebe has now sent a message to 25-year-old Richarlison, asking him to return to Goodison Park should the Blues remain in the Premier League.

The Brazilian international left the Toffees for Spurs last summer in a £60m deal but has struggled since his move to the capital.

Indeed, with just three goals in all competitions, it has been a disappointing season for Richie, who would no doubt be welcomed back at Goodison Park, a sentiment echoed by former Everton striker Victor Anichebe.

Following Everton’s 5-1 win at Brighton last night, Richarlison left a raised hands emoji in the comments section of the club’s official Instagram account, with Anichebe leaving a teasing response.

Anichebe commented: “Next season if they stay up come back! Pienaar did it.”

Anichebe message is echoed by fans desperate for Richarlison return

Indeed, in the unlikely event that Richarlison does make a sensational return to Goodison Park, he would not be the first to do so following a high profile move to Spurs.

As Anichebe recalls, South African international Steven Pienaar moved to Spurs in a £3m deal after spending just over three years at Everton back in 2011, before returning to Merseyside 12 months later, initially on loan.

A permanent deal was then agreed for Pienaar to return to Goodison on a permanent basis in July 2012 in a £4.5m deal, and the South African remained at Everton until 2016.

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Everton have sorely missed Richarlison’s impact this season and the Brazilian is still very highly thought of by fans at Goodison Park, a rarity for a high-profile departure in the modern game.

Stanger things have happened, but a Richarlison return may be unlikely, though if Everton remain in the Premier League, the 25-year-old would be a welcome addition to Sean Dyche’s squad.

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