By Noel Whelan

27th Nov, 2021 | 10:00am

'Stroppy' and 'petulant' Richarlison told to lose the attitude at Everton after Benitez warning

Noel Whelan has insisted Richarlison must sort out his “petulance” at Everton after picking up five bookings in the Premier League this season.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Toffees would severely miss the suspended 24-year-old against Brentford tomorrow (Sunday).

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo (25th November), manager Rafael Benitez admitted the Brazilian’s reactions can be “out of control” and warned him he needs to keep his emotions in check.

Whelan admitted he does not want to see Richarlison lose his “aggressive” nature out on the pitch.

However, he insisted the striker needs to lose the “stroppiness”.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “There is an element of petulance in his game and his personality.

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“I think we’ve seen that over the years, that kind of stroppiness. I love the aggressive side of his nature, I don’t think you should ever take that out of a player.

“At the same time, you want that element of discipline again in someone’s game. We all know that strikers can’t tackle, that’s just a given. That’s no news to anybody, we’re not very good at it, that’s why we’re strikers.

“I think he’s got to find that fine balance between aggression and recklessness when it comes to challenges and petulance as well on the field.

“The team needs him and he doesn’t want to be sitting on the sidelines either. He’s going to have to tweak and find that balance that he needs in his game.”

Richarlison picked up his fifth booking in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Four of his yellow cards have come in his last six league appearances.

In other news, Football Insider injury expert makes worrying Calvert-Lewin claim at Everton.