Noel Whelan has ripped into the “childish” behaviour of Richarlison after watching the Everton star against Leeds United.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the “exceptional” 23-year-old proved he has an “attitude problem” after being subbed off by Carlo Ancelotti.
The Brazil international, who started on the left-hand side of a front three at Elland Road, reacted angrily to being taken off with 10 minutes left to play of the Toffees’ 2-1 win.
His failure to contribute directly to either of the Everton goals means he has now scored just twice and chipped in with only three assists in the Premier League this season.
Whelan admitted he did not see an awful lot of hard work from Richarlison on the field and insisted his behaviour heading off the pitch smacked of petulance and a lack of professionalism.
“Richarlison let people go down that right-hand side time and time again, that is where we found so much joy because Richarlison would only do so much,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“You can’t take away he’s an exceptional player and he’s a gifted player. What you have got there is a bit of an attitude problem and it’s kind of a spoilt child attitude about him.
“You saw him coming off the field, he’s got that face on and he’s a bit petulant and childish in his behaviour, shrugging off somebody on the sideline, mumbling to himself. When you’ve got great players like that, there’s a certain professionalism that you’ve got to bring to the side as well and you just see those sort of little weaknesses in players.
“That temperamental kind of attitude where it’s like: ‘I’m bigger than this and why am I coming off?’ That’s not the sort of attitude I want to see from a player that could have been playing at Barcelona.
“You want to see players that have done their job, coming off, being respectful to the bench and the manager, rather than throwing your hands up at somebody who might have made a comment over to him.
“He’s a player that’s got so much ahead and in front of them and so much quality but there’s certain aspects there that you’ve got to question mark at times, with arrogance. There’s a difference between arrogance and disrespectful and I saw a little bit of that when he was coming off.”