Richarlison impressed on his Everton debut after netting twice in the Toffees’ 2-2 draw against Wolves in the Premier League last weekend.
A lot of questions were asked when the Brazilian arrived at Goodison Park from Watford having been bought for £40m (via Guardian).
And Everton director of football Marcel Brands has since admitted that the club overspent on the former Fluminense man.
As quoted on the Guardian, Brands said: “We thought it would be a very difficult one [deal to sign Richarlison] because of the history of the clubs.
“We were both convinced about him [but] I think with the situation with Watford, we had to pay a little bit more. I think maybe the market value was a little bit lower but, at the end, we are happy with him.”
At £40m, Everton have perhaps overspent on Richarlison. However, that does not matter.
It is still early days but, in £31.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Richarlison, Everton look to have a player who will drastically improve the team going forward
Under Sam Allardyce and with a player such as Yannick Bolasie in the team, Everton looked toothless when arriving in the final third and in attack overall.
But with Marco Silva now at the helm and Richarlison being deployed in the team’s forward line, there is fresh impetus and the early signs seem very promising.
Most importantly, though, regarding Richarlison’s fee, Everton were easily able to pay it with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri backing the club financially.
If Everton want to truly join the Premier League elite, then they will have to overspend on a player every now and then.
And if they perform like how Richarlison did at Molineux, then the Everton faithful will not care one bit.