Everton

Transfer Battle: Richarlison vs Felipe Anderson

During the summer transfer window, Everton and West Ham were two of the more busier clubs in the Premier League having strengthened their respective squads in various departments.

Attack, in particular, was the area that managers Marco Silva and Manuel Pellegrini were desperate to reinforce, and they did so with signings such as Bernard and Andriy Yarmolenko.

The two summer additions from each team who have attracted the most interest, however, are Richarlison and Felipe Anderson.

The pair both arrived at Goodison Park and the London Stadium for club-record fees and are expected to become integral parts of their new teams.

But which club has ended up with the better Brazilian?

Richarlison

After a brilliant start to the new season, Richarlison has had to sit out of Everton’s last two Premier League fixtures following his red card against Bournemouth towards the end of August.

The former Watford man had netted three times before his suspension, including twice versus Wolves, and looks to have already become arguably Silva’s most important player.

His absence was felt yesterday in Everton 3-1 defeat to West Ham at Goodison Park with Silva’s men sorely lacking quality in the last third of the pitch.

Bar Lucas Digne and Bernard — two of Everton’s other summer signings — the Toffees were extremely poor when it came to playing the final pass, while once it arrived, Cenk Tosun’s lacklustre finishing ensured it went to waste.

Richarlison’s goal-scoring form, which saw him grab a brace on his international debut for Brazil against El Salvador during the international break, and his overall quality in the final third, means the game could have gone in a completely different direction if he were available.

All in all, Richarlison looks to be an amazing signing despite the initial criticism his expensive transfer from Watford to Everton brought, and the Toffees will now be relieved his suspension is over with a tough trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal awaiting.

TT Grade: A-

Felipe Anderson

Compared to Richarlison and, in terms of development and the impact they have made over the last few years, Anderson comes out on top by some distance — which is expected given the West Ham man is four years older than his Everton counterpart.

At Lazio, Anderson was one of the most talented players the Rome-based club had at their disposal. His pace, dribbling ability and vision made him such a dangerous threat to opposition defenders, while he has always produced decent numbers in each of his four seasons in the Italian capital.

Anderson, however, is yet to transfer that over to the London Stadium with Pellegrini still looking as if he is trying to work out the Brazil international’s best position.

With that being said, Anderson has shown glimpses of what he can bring to east London and possesses the sort of technical ability West Ham’s squad was missing following Dimitri Payet’s return to Marseille.

TT Grade: B

TT Verdict:

Everton and West Ham both had to splash the cash to bring in their new Brazilians, but one has clearly outperformed the other.

After continuously being linked with a move to the Premier League in the past (via Goal), Anderson has finally arrived in English football’s top flight with much expectation.

However, the former Lazio man has been in Richarlison’s shadow in this battle of the Brazilians.

And, if Everton’s new man can replicate his Wolves and Southampton performances on a consistent basis over the course of the season, then the above theme will continue.

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