Paul Robinson has insisted Marco Silva is wasting “brilliant” Everton attacker Richarlison.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Tottenham goalkeeper is convinced the Brazil international is being played out of position too often by his manager.
Richarlison, 22, has been played predominantly on the right side of the Everton attack this season although he has led the line from a central role in the last three games.
Robinson claims the Brazil international is a huge asset to Everton and can be a matchwinner if Silva gets the best from him.
“I’d like to know where he prefers to play because the manager Silva plays him wide right, left or sometimes he gets to go down the middle,” Robinson told Football Insider. “I have a hunch that he prefers to play down the middle as a central striker.
“I don’t know that but I’d like to know his preferred position because when you’ve got a player of his ability, when you pay 50 million for a player of his ability, you play him where he is best and where he prefers to play.
“I think he’s a brilliant player whose got goals in him, he’s always a threat but I don’t think Everton get the best out of him because of where he plays.”
Richarlison has made 14 appearances for Everton this season, scoring four goals and supplying two assists.
In 52 matches for the club, the 16-times Brazil international has scored 18 goals and provided four assists.