The Aston Villa player could be coming to the end of his time at the club.
The 31-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer and with just four recent league appearances he may well head for pastures new at the end of the current campaign.
That is something the player acknowledges, although he wants to use his experience to help Villa’s next generation for as long as he remains at the club.
“I’ve been playing for long enough to know that sometimes you are going to be in and out of the team,” Richardson told the Birmingham Mail.
“I’ll never stop working hard and when I’m on the pitch I’ll try to be a leader in the team and lead some of the younger players as I’ve got experience in certain situations.”
Richardson played three straight league games prior to Remi Garde’s arrival, but the new manager did not pick the former Manchester United man for his first game in charge.
It remains to be seen if Richardson can change Garde’s mind in time, but the way Villa played against Manchester City it seems the new boss has quickly settled on an impressive formula.
Richardson has played just 32 matches for Villa since arriving from Fulham in 2014 and it would be no surprise to see him move on this summer.