Everton team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 line up to face Chelsea – Richarlison benched

Everton team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 line up to face Chelsea - Richarlison benched

Everton team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 line up to face Chelsea, will Richarlison be benched? (Pic: GETTY/buildlineup.com)

The Toffees forward was dropped for last weekend’s draw with Liverpool after a string of below-par performances.

Richarlison started the season in hot form following a £45m summer switch from Watford.

But he has scored just twice in 2019 and struggled to reach the same heights that earned him a call-up to the Brazil squad late last year.

Everton boss Marco Silva insists the Samba star is well aware of what he needs to do to stay in the team after an impressive 30-minute cameo against Liverpool from the bench.

“I felt it would be the best solution for our squad”

Marco Silva

“One season is a long period,“ said Silva, who is preparing his side to face Chelsea today.

“He started really well after he had some moments up and down.

“When I took one decision like I took in the last game it is because I felt it would be the best solution for our squad.

“In that moment Bernard came in against Cardiff, he done really well and helped the team change the game.

“He deserved to start that match against Liverpool. I take that decision.

Everton boss Marco Silva insists he is doing what is best for the team and for Richarlison (Pic: GETTY)

“Richarlison is always working hard. During one season, you can be decisive in one match, not so decisive in another match.

“With the development of Richarlison you’re talking about a 22-year-old (21) player, who has scored very important goals for us, good performances also, it wasn’t best moment for him in the last week.

“I’m here to make decisions.

“What I want coming from him is what he did, he came in for 30 minutes, changed the game, all the players that came on did really well against Liverpool.

Everton team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 line up to face Chelsea (Pic: buildlineup.com)

“He did a very good 30 minutes to show me he’s ready again if I decide for him to play or not.

“If I take that decision (not to play him) for sure Richarlison fully understands.

“He just had one solution – show to me during the 30 minutes he came in that he’s ready again and show during the week that he wants his place in the team and that is everything that he is doing.”

Everton will be without veteran defenders Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka at St James’ Park as they look to build on their draw with Liverpool last week but centre-back Yerry Mina is available.

EVERTON (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne; Schneiderlin, Gueye; Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin.