Super Eagles midfielder was not included in Everton’s squad for their opening day clash against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening.
The reason for his omission was not known but it likely has to do with the increased competition in the Toffees team.
Everton manager, Carlo Ancelotti, started all of his three new signings, James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure with all three players playing a role in the Toffees win over Jose Mourinho’s men.
Everton had the better chances and should have taken the lead in the opening ten minutes when Richarlison was presented with an opportunity, but he fluffed his lines.
Spurs also had chances of theirs through Dele Alli and Matt Doherty, but Jordan Pickford denied them on both occasions.
Both teams could not find the breakthrough in the first half, but ten minutes after the restart, Everton took the courtesy of Dominic Calvert Lewin, who headed home from a Lucas Digne freekick.
Tottenham were lethargic for most of the second half, and could not find a way back into the game. Everton had more chances to double their lead, but Richarlison was wasteful in front of goal.
Nonetheless, Calvert Lewin’s goal was enough to seal a deserved win for Ancelotti’s men.