Marco Silva says that he and his coaching staff are working with Richarlison to deal with the rigours of the Premier League and ensure that he tries to stay on his feet.
The Brazilian has come in for increasing criticism for his propensity to go to ground following contact with opposition players and it appears to be something that Silva is now looking to address, particularly as Everton have been on the wrong end of some contentious decisions in recent matches.
Richarlison was denied what appeared to be clear penalties in the games against Brighton and Tottenham and Silva hopes that the more the young forward tries to stand up, the better his chances of getting favourable decisions with the match officials.
“Richarlison has a strong mentality, he is a worker, no doubts about that,” Silva said in an interview with evertontv. “That's part of his talent… and part of his talent is that feeling and smell of the goal around the box, playing up front or out wide. He has that capacity.
“Of course, we are working with him because the Premier League is really tough and the message and the feedback to him is to always to stand as much as he can, to not fall down... even if it looks in many, many moments that it's not fair with him in terms of the decisions.
“What I am saying to him is for him to stand up as much as he can and after the referee will be fair with him because we feel a little bit that sometimes it's not so fair [to us].
“The contact of the Premier League is really strong. For sure, he has the quality of never giving up and the talent to score goals as well and he's always ready to help his teammates, with and without the ball.
“We're working more and with him to improve his decision, in the last third of the attack — the last pass or the last shot — because he is improving every day.”
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1 Posted 07/11/2019 at 02:52:54
It's a bit sad really that you have to work with a player to keep him vertical. I'd laugh but the present situation makes it a bit difficult.
He could be a very good player and he's still young, so hopefully he'll take all this on board.
He could start at Southampton and only fall over if he really is tripped up or seriously pushed. The decisions have gone against him because of his propensity to fall down and stay down.
2 Posted 07/11/2019 at 03:12:12
But anyway, it's gotta stop.
3 Posted 07/11/2019 at 04:16:09
4 Posted 07/11/2019 at 04:24:45
The more he does it, the more he gets ignored. And on and on. Not all that different than a toddler throwing a tantrum. Difference being the toddler eventually learns.
I sure hope someone told him in far more explicit, direct terms than what's quoted above. Time to put on the big boy pants, Richy.
5 Posted 07/11/2019 at 04:52:09
6 Posted 07/11/2019 at 05:01:04
Alan J, " Silva shout at the top of his voice " come on, throw his Teddy Bear at him maybe, bit such an act of leadership and control, I don't believe he is capable of displaying.
7 Posted 07/11/2019 at 05:48:31
8 Posted 07/11/2019 at 06:04:47
9 Posted 07/11/2019 at 06:29:05
10 Posted 07/11/2019 at 08:16:00
11 Posted 07/11/2019 at 08:41:58
I also wonder why his team mates can't get through to him that he needs to stay on his feet. I thought he was getting better towards the end of last season. Maybe his time away with Brazil has set him back?
12 Posted 07/11/2019 at 08:46:52
These little things give me hope that our manager can learn and improve himself. I think I'm still one of the minority few that aren't calling for his head!
13 Posted 07/11/2019 at 08:48:39
It is a vicious cycle – if the opposition know that, every time a particular player has contact, that player is going to fall and the ref is going to blow the whistle, they tend to stand off that player, making him look very good (think Messi, Salah, etc) and he becomes a more dangerous player and the reputation grows and grows.
Now, I am not saying that Richarlison is Messi or Salah class, but he is playing for unfashionable Everton, and we all know how the system favours the Big Clubs. So, yes, he does need to man-up, and make that extra effort to perform in spite of opposition rough-house tactics. I would also expect the club to stand up for their players more and call out the blatantly wrong decisions, like what Spurs and Pochettino did to successfully overturn the red card on a leg-breaking incident.
14 Posted 07/11/2019 at 09:06:33
My fear is that, far from winning us free-kicks and penalties, the Times article is more likely to get Richarlison a red card for simulation in the penalty area, a la Niasse's in the week the offence was first introduced.
We, as ever, were the very first club to suffer under that rule – and it has largely been ignored ever since.
After the Gomes / Son red card fiasco, no doubt the authorities will think this is a good time to resurrect the "simulation" red card punishment and the Times article has set Richarlison up for it, very nicely.
It certainly won't happen to Mane, across the way, of course, despite what Guardiola said and everyone else thinks.
15 Posted 07/11/2019 at 09:21:34
I remember watching something about Stuart Pearce. He got taken out thigh high, stood up, brushed himself off and carried on. The player that took him out was still on the floor. Pearce had already won the psychological battle. If Richarlison could get into the heads of defenders, he'd be a monster.
16 Posted 07/11/2019 at 09:24:58
Everton fans have been deploring the ridiculous diving of the Brazilian since became here. If he listens and starts staying on his feet, he will be a better player from it, Everton can benefit from it, and I can sit down and relax without jumping up and screaming at the idiotic nonsense I've got to watch from the man-child.
Be a bleedin' man, for God's sake, you are more than embarrassing.
17 Posted 07/11/2019 at 09:45:55
Times have changed but, in the context of crap referees now whom it seems rely on replays rather make a decision on the spot, in our current plight, every player must work and play hard and fair to win every game.
Sunday's game was, even by Atkinson's standards, one of his worst ever. He shouldn't have any games until 2020.
18 Posted 07/11/2019 at 10:06:47
19 Posted 07/11/2019 at 10:18:44
20 Posted 07/11/2019 at 10:23:22
That said, taking it down a notch would serve him well in general.
21 Posted 07/11/2019 at 10:43:37
It's bad enough he dives but then he lies there with a puss on him, leaving the Blues a man down.
22 Posted 07/11/2019 at 10:56:59
23 Posted 07/11/2019 at 11:01:59
No need to give him alibis as in how to protected (or not) our players when compared to other teams.
Will he listen? I doubt it.
24 Posted 07/11/2019 at 11:17:07
The lad has bags of talent and should try to stay on his feet more.
If and when he moves on to a Champions League team, he can get his diving repertoire back out and earn some penalties but, whilst he is playing for us, he will have to learn that we don't get soft decisions.
25 Posted 07/11/2019 at 11:25:09
"ha ha Evatan you fools" "You, of course just teach him to do it mush better, thzan come out in front of dze press and say Dive ? I don't know what you mean "
Thats what REAL winners do ;)
26 Posted 07/11/2019 at 11:32:10
Hugh #14 – couldn't agree more about Mane.
Jer #25 – witty and probably very true! I have long suspected that, far from discouraging their players from going to ground, they actively encourage and probably practice it!
27 Posted 07/11/2019 at 12:18:02
29 Posted 07/11/2019 at 12:42:54
A while ago, Diego Costa was routed as a potential loanee: Costa's use of the Dark Arts of centre-forward play would be absolutely perfect playing with Richy. Every time Richarlison gets clattered, Diego would be in the referee's face and also warning the defender he is going to get it back.
At the moment, Richarlison sits on his arse waiting for the ref to give a foul (often to no avail) and his team mates look to the sky in bemusement? His frustration grows visibly.
It's no coincidence that the player was linked to Atletico Madrid as his all action, harrying style fits the manager's requirements, and I have little doubt that he would be more successful in La Liga as the referees over there appear to me to be protecting the attacking player in situations where the defender comes in from the side, or behind to attack the ball with the attacker's back to goal.
Silva's talk with him was right, but for me, Richarlison is being asked to take a lot of responsibility, you can see the lad is trying so hard, but we lack a beast in the CF position – a Costa, Suarez, Cavani or a Shearer if you like? He will continue to be isolated until Everton sign an experienced talisman-type centre forward. I think young Moise Kean would benefit in a similar way.
30 Posted 07/11/2019 at 12:58:52
31 Posted 07/11/2019 at 13:00:24
That wouldn't affect the result of the match, but if players were getting retrospective bans for diving, bad tackles, unsporting behaviour etc. then it would surely curb behaviour for future matches.
32 Posted 07/11/2019 at 13:45:16
He shouldn't have to go the extra mile to get a "fair" decision from the ref.
It was penalty and a red card on Sunday, but we got fuck all as usual.
Keep falling over, lad, maybe one of our team will start getting in the ref's face (I bagsy Delph) and start getting the free-kicks and penalties we actually deserve.
The cunts across the park have made a career out of it, we need to wise up and simply start to do it better.
Adapt and overcome.
33 Posted 07/11/2019 at 13:46:45
These days, its fast becoming a non-contact sport.
34 Posted 07/11/2019 at 14:08:42
We need to ask Man City if we can borrow Arteta to show him how to do it properly.
Arteta could feel the contact and pick the perfect moment to go down and always look like a genuine victim without the all screaming and rolling around.
He made the opposition's bigger players look like thugs.
35 Posted 07/11/2019 at 14:15:04
Arteta also took the free-kicks though, He was already thinking about the free-kick on the way down, and by the time the ref blew the whistle he was back up ready to take it so no one else would.
And yeah, I absolutely loved Mikel Arteta, such a joy to watch, not just how good he was, but how he played the game, and his attitude in general. I always thought he was a player who summed Everton up. Skilful, hardworking and prepared to battle.
36 Posted 07/11/2019 at 14:33:52
Totally agree with you.
Seamus probably is the biggest bargain the club has ever had, but we paid very little for Arteta £2m? (it's nothing!) and in my books he's right up there with Seamus.
How he never played for Spain?
37 Posted 07/11/2019 at 14:49:11
I don't think he's that bad a diver to be fair. Not compared to the likes of Son and Salah. But he needs to get up quicker.
38 Posted 07/11/2019 at 14:55:35
Sunday‘s display by Ritchie was embarrassing. I think he is our most fouled player and one of our most physical. He'll be okay.
Good for Silva as well. Talking about it in the papers will reinforce his message.
39 Posted 07/11/2019 at 15:02:50
40 Posted 07/11/2019 at 15:10:05
41 Posted 07/11/2019 at 15:21:24
Now it's all over the media that Silva is speaking to Richarlison about his diving. Could you imagine Klopp doing this?
This sheep of an excuse for a manager needs to go.
42 Posted 07/11/2019 at 15:49:14
43 Posted 07/11/2019 at 16:14:47
44 Posted 07/11/2019 at 16:15:51
45 Posted 07/11/2019 at 16:38:39
All excellent players and Arteta was in that class, just not given his chance.
46 Posted 07/11/2019 at 16:42:46
What galls me, Richarlison has never been cautioned, for allegedly diving, it has been discussed at today's press conference, to the media. Mane dived last Saturday, and got a yellow card yet again, as Pep mentioned, no more about it in the media. Klopp has been quiet, and all the focus is about our man... seriously, guys?
47 Posted 07/11/2019 at 16:47:29
Oh you also left Cesc Fabregas and David Silva off the list. Spain had an abundance of riches. There was also the likes of the lad Senna from Villareal and I'm sure Real Madrid had a couple who got in the Spain side ahead of him.
48 Posted 07/11/2019 at 16:50:54
He's probably not the most talented diver in the prem amongst a great many, but it's really this bout of final death throws he acts out every time he's fouled that's giving him and us problems more that anything else.
Silva said he's trying to keep him on his feet, if he's fouled then he's fouled! Silva should never have said this publicly and dealt with it in house.
If at the start they'd have gotten a grip on his amateur dramatics he'd be winning his fare share of fouls legally or illegally now.
49 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:06:56
50 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:10:50
Of course it will take time for him to improve his rep but some games with good behavior following the news story will help.
51 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:19:48
Surely, Silva should have sorted this out over 12 months ago?
He didn't and it's now costing us points.
52 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:31:07
53 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:38:51
54 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:44:16
55 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:48:23
56 Posted 07/11/2019 at 17:57:03
You may have taken me for a Silva hater who will use anything to beat him with. Im not, and in fact still hope that he comes good.
I maintain my point that this is naive at best and completely reckless at worst. Does nobody remember the damage Andy Johnsons reputation sufferered, and the subsequent lack of decisions that went for him, after Wenger waxed lyrical about him?
Well, in my opinion, his own manager has just done exactly the same thing.
57 Posted 07/11/2019 at 18:50:12
58 Posted 07/11/2019 at 18:55:39
Dont worry about Richarlison though. Hes got that paternal relationship with Silva and I doubt that will be affected. Its also been a criticism that Silva picks Richarlison no matter what.
59 Posted 07/11/2019 at 19:32:02
Many managers in the PL seem to encourage forwards to go down at the least hint of contact, which is not only wrong but counter productive if you get nothing for it from the ref. Silva seems to be going against that policy, which is good.
60 Posted 07/11/2019 at 19:36:30
We have DUNCAN FERGUSON for gods sake.
The way things have gone recently I think Marco must read TW as everything that gets 20+ posts on here Marco seems to adopt. Play Iwobi down the middle, Drop Morgan and Seamus, Tell Richy to stay on his feet, get yourself a taxi, …..well maybe not the last one.
61 Posted 07/11/2019 at 20:07:25
Agree, the lad really can't win. Can't buy a foul for 'diving' like all the other c**ts and certainly can't get one legitimately. On top of that the idiotic statement by Silva now has him really stuffed. First of all a lack of PR after last weeks game and now a terrible lack of judgement by the manager.
Richarlison is a young lad trying to please (by hook or by crook) and deserves the fans to get behind him.
Lets do our own PR and get behind him and the rest of the team !!!!
62 Posted 07/11/2019 at 21:37:58
Then they roll out a gifted player who Everton fork out mega bucks for and the bugger can't stay upright. The slightest touch and he's falling around and making a mockery of himself and our once great club.
It's said that Silva took him under his wing, at Watford and now at Everton, nothing wrong with that...but there comes a time when all little boys have to grow up, stand on their own feet and be counted. In my day a swift clip around the ear 'ole did the trick, perhaps our Man Managing Manager Marco should try pushing his foot up Richarlison's arse, with a quick clip around the lug 'ole. It may not keep him upright for 90 minutes but knowing that the threat of a repeat boot up the backside may remind him that this is Premier League football and not dancing on ice.!!
Brazil is renowned for its nuts, hard nuts as well. We appear to have one with a soft centre! A bloody disgrace.
63 Posted 07/11/2019 at 23:07:42
When we all had polio and/or rickets. You could leave your front door open (cuz u ad f##k all worth nicking) and policemen helped old ladies across the rd.
Only pulling your leg.
Richy is being told to dive!! No player does it without being told ffs.
64 Posted 08/11/2019 at 10:19:59
Came across these interesting stats,
Richarlison was fouled 2. 5 times per 90 minutes last season, but he also lost possession 6. 7 times per 90, and many of those moments involved him going to ground and not getting a call.
In the Tottenham game he was fouled once,
65 Posted 08/11/2019 at 10:33:33
66 Posted 08/11/2019 at 15:00:45
He runs like he's stuck in treacle, and falls over when there's anything stronger than a light breeze, it's embarrassing. The only positive is that he can finish - generally when he doesn't have time to think about it.
67 Posted 08/11/2019 at 15:00:54
Perhaps that gives you some idea of my age and the ethics and morals we were taught and brought up with in those days long ago. The only diving came from Stuka and Kamkase Zero fighters, never from our own footballers.
IF as you say our dearly beloved Richy (as you call him) is being TOLD to dive, then whoever is doing the TELLING is not telling him to do it the right way. Take a look at those twats across the park – they have perfected that ancient art!
Or perhaps he should join the La Quebrada Cliff Divers in Acapulco, Mexico – he's from that part of the world or thereabouts and, so long as he doesn't bump his head on a few rocks on the way down, he should manage a round of applause instead of the boos and jibes of his home supporters.
68 Posted 08/11/2019 at 15:16:32
'The only positive is that he can finish – generally when he doesn't have time to think about it.'
Sounds like that other one we had with a brilliant IQ – the one that fucked off to Chelsea from his boyhood club (at a reduced price).
69 Posted 08/11/2019 at 15:19:58
71 Posted 08/11/2019 at 16:19:43
They were fouls that resulted in free-kicks. But, when looked at in the context of losing possession and going to ground, they reflect the reality that we are all familiar with as regards Richarlison. He is more likely to go to ground than to try to retrieve possession.
This, in a nutshell, is what the problem is.
72 Posted 08/11/2019 at 16:29:08
'In a nutshell', there is no correlation between the stats you offer and the claim you now make.
73 Posted 08/11/2019 at 16:38:38
We have never been a club to condone diving, but apart from Burnley's manager, we seem to be out on a limb. I'm not excusing it. As a sports player myself, I hate cheating. I don't understand how players can run out onto the pitch with armbands saying 'Respect,' and then cheat each other. The players or clubs on the receiving end of the cheating are always so aggrieved, and yet they continue to do it to each other.
Football is not becoming a non-contact sport, it already is. It seems that, if a player falls on the ground, it must be a foul. Pundits on the TV saying things like 'There was contact,' and then excuse the player for going down for the foul or condoning a penalty, because 'there was contact'... ??!!
As I see it, going down for the foul in many cases, actually takes advantage away, unless a penalty is given. When the foul is given by the ref, it gives the opportunity for the team who committed the foul to get back and organized to defend. It actually gives them the advantage. Had the attacking player stayed on their feet, they may well have gone on to score. It's no accident that Rooney is one of the all-time record-holders for goals, as he rarely went down if he could stay on his feet, which often then resulted in a goal.
Diving is for cheats who oftentimes are rewarded with a penalty which wins the 3 points. Mane is a prime example. Vardy is super sly at leaving his foot in when he goes past defenders and makes it look like the defender fouled him. Martial is another who has made it into an art form. I could go on and name many more, but you get my point.
For me, the solution is simple. A new rule should be introduced. If a player is found to have duped the ref by diving, the team should be docked a point. I know VAR should have sorted this, but it hasn't to date. If a penalty is awarded by the ref and after the game is found to be the wrong decision and the player did actually dive, dock them 3 points. Don't punish the player. That just gives advantages to the top teams who have better quality squads and can replace a player with like for like quality. Dock them a point or 3 and the whole ethos would change. Managers and coaches would be advocating VERY strongly – STAY on your feet if you can.
I agree with all those on here that say that Richarlison needs to stay strong and stop the rolling around. But, so do all the other players, who are actually much better at duping the refs than he clearly is.
74 Posted 08/11/2019 at 18:17:34
Richarlison is trying to claim more fouls than he is actually fouled. His effort would be better exspended in retrieving lost possession. rather than going to ground like a dying Swan.
It would make him a better player and team member, and he might get more fouls awarded , rather than missing out because of current perceptions of him.
In the Tottenham game he was definitely fouled by Sanchez and a penalty should have been given , but it was not given because of preconcieved perceptions.
76 Posted 08/11/2019 at 19:06:59
Compared to him, the majority of today's divers are masters of the art, and would put Laurence Olivier to shame as actors. Richie is an exception, and strikes me as a modern-day Francis Lee, a sort of old style retro diver. In that sense, I don't know why he bothers, he's just wasting his time, like Francis Lee, and would be better putting his obvious footballing talents to better use, either that or just frequenting Norris Green baths (if it hadn't been demolished).
77 Posted 08/11/2019 at 19:55:19
You continue to assume a correlation between the data you originally presented and the claim you make which you haven't proved.
Your false assumption appears to be ('appears' because you are implying it, not stating it categorically) is that EVERY time he loses possession he goes to ground and makes no attempt to retrieve the ball.
That is clearly not the case as:
1) he is often dispossessed fairly and he doesn't 'milk it'
2) not every dispossession sees him writhing on the ground
3) he is FREQUENTLY seen tracking back and working hard to regain the ball.
Indeed, haven't recent stats shown him to have the highest tackle completions if not of the entire team then certainly amongst the midfield and forward players.
I have seen him track back 30-40-50 yards to assist in recovering the ball, even tracking back across the width of the park at times.
For your claims to hold any water you need to offer evidence showing both how many times per game he goes to ground and STAYS on the ground looking to get the ref's call when he could either avoid going down or recover quickly enough to challenge and regain possession for his team.
Good luck with that research.
78 Posted 08/11/2019 at 20:02:56
As an aside, regarding his footballing ability, I believe he is the best header of a ball in the Premier League. I haven't got any stats to back that up, but some of his heading has reminds me of Joe Royle.
79 Posted 08/11/2019 at 20:05:21
80 Posted 08/11/2019 at 20:10:10
81 Posted 08/11/2019 at 21:15:32
It's not so much that Richarlison is "cheating" or "diving," because honestly I don't think he is, and I don't think most here think he is either.
It's the falling down and then STAYING down, holding his head usually, and carrying on like he was shot. No issues with him trying, just maybe not 10+ times per game, and ditch the histrionic play-acting.
82 Posted 08/11/2019 at 22:05:29
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84 Posted 18/11/2019 at 12:10:45
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