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‘Somebody needs to step’ – Michael Ball calls for Everton saviour to step up as new Richarlison

In his weekly column for the Liverpool Echo, Michael Ball expressed his belief that Dwight McNeil has assumed the role of Richarlison at Everton this season, with the club heavily relying on the attacker in their battle against relegation, informs the GN.

Ball acknowledged that it was disheartening to see the Englishman playing at left-back in Everton’s draw against Wolves last weekend due to Vitalii Mykolenko’s injury.

Currently, Sean Dyche’s team holds a favorable position to avoid relegation from the Premier League, needing just one point against Bournemouth at Goodison Park in the upcoming weekend to secure their status in the top flight.

He said: “Who is going to be our saviour? Somebody needs to step forward,”

“Last year we were pinning our hopes on Richarlison but Dwight McNeil seems to have taken on that role since Sean Dyche came in and it shows just what a sad state we’re in that we had to play our top goalscorer at left-back at Wolves.

“Starting a Premier League season without a striker was just baffling and we’ve been paying the price ever since.

“You hear a lot of stories about what might go on but the recruitment team can only do so much and then the decisions go to those who sign the cheques and if they can’t get deals over the line, what else can you do?”