Richarlison has shared a conversation he had with Carlo Ancelotti earlier this season which tweaked his position.
The Brazilian told Everton’s official website that he was frustrated with how deep he was playing earlier in the campaign.
Richarlison seems happier with his role now and also spoke in glowing terms about learning from his manager more generally.
“I had some difficulties at the start of the season, so I went to speak to the boss and said I was doing a lot of marking, defending a lot,” said Richarlison.
“I was back there with Yerry Mina. I said I wanted to be closer to the opponent’s goal, closer to the box.
“He changed my positioning and that’s the point when the goals started flowing and I began helping the team even more.
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“Carlo has worked with the best players in the world and I am here to learn with him and develop. I have learned a lot with him. I’ll keep on developing with him in training and I am keen to listen, as he will teach us a lot.”
Everton are probably a bit too reliant on Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for their goals.
At the start of the season, it was mainly the Englishman banging them in and maybe that’s why Richarlison spoke with Ancelotti.
The two of them operate more as a pair when they can.
It makes sense that Everton don’t want Richarlison all the way back in the full-back areas and Ancelotti’s tactical acumen is key to that.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive