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Transfer battle: Southampton bought well but have Everton signed the best forward?

Everton and Southampton will be pleased with the transfer business they have done this summer.

Marco Silva and Mark Hughes have managed to strengthen the areas of their respective squads that needed addressing.

Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma arrived at Goodison Park as Silva searched for reinforcements in defence, while Southampton’s deadline-day signing Danny Ings will give Hughes a much needed boost up front after a disappointing season in front of goal for the Saints.

As well as the above names, the Premier League duo have also brought in two similar players in Richarlison and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Richarlison

Everton originally came under scrutiny for signing Richarlison after having to fork out £40m (via Sky Sports) on the Brazilian.

Richarlison had made a great start to life in the Premier League following his arrival at Watford from Fluminense, but his form dipped dramatically as the Hornets’ 2017/18 campaign progressed and plunged even further once Silva was given the boot from the Vicarage Road dugout. 

However, reunited with his Portuguese boss again, Richarlison has been menacing playing from the left flank and has already netted three goals in his first two games for his new club.

The 21-year-old was easily Everton’s best player in their 2-2 draw against Wolves at Molineux and carried his performance from that game into the Toffees’ 2-1 win over Southampton.

Ultimately, Richarlison has looked to have single-handedly rejuvenated Everton’s attack, and that £40m paid by the Goodison Park hierarchy is now starting to look relatively cheap.

TT Grade A-

Mohamed Elyounoussi

Having started Southampton’s first game of the season against Burnley from the bench before missing the clash against Everton because of a slight knock, Elyounoussi, who was signed from Basel for £16m (via BBC Sport), has not been able to make the same sort of impact that Richarlison has.

However, like Richarlison, Elyounoussi is still very much a dangerous threat from the left.

He reached double figures in his last two league campaigns for former side Basel and caused teams problems in the Champions League including Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

Once he is fully fit, it will be interesting to see how Hughes integrates Elyounoussi into the Southampton side given the former Stoke City manager’s recent switches in formation and the fact that it does not look like he knows his best starting XI yet.

The Saints, though, are not stacked with attacking options, so it is likely to only be a matter of time before Elyounoussi is thrown in and expected to deliver.

TT Grade C+

TT Verdict:

Richarlison and Elyounoussi will vastly improve Everton and Southampton in the attacking third, with the former having already shown how.

Elyounoussi, though, largely down to fitness and with it being his first season in England unlike Richarlison, is being eased into the Southampton side and life in the Premier League by Hughes.

And, with it still being early days, Elyounoussi could still end up being as influential at Southampton as Richarlison has been at Everton

However, at this moment of time, in a contest between the two, Richarlison comfortably comes out on top.

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