Watford were forced to wave goodbye to Richarlison in the summer when he departed the club to reunite with Marco Silva at Everton.
The Brazilian prodigy started his career in the Premier League in blistering form under Silva, but his form soon faded after the Portuguese manager was dismissed. Clearly, there was an understanding between Silva and Richarlison which enabled the menacing forward to thrive at Vicarage Road, and that understanding has been rekindled with the pair now working alongside each other on Merseyside.
After scoring 5 goals and providing 3 assists in his first 12 Premier League appearances for the club, it seemed that Watford had landed themselves an absolute gem at just £11.2 million, but his November strike against West Ham would be his last in a Watford shirt.
Indeed, despite his struggle for form during the majority of his debut campaign in English football, Everton were convinced by his sporadic glimpses of class and decided to part with £40 million in the summer to secure his services.
It was a decision which has already paid dividends for the Toffees as Richarlison has wasted no time in rediscovering his goal-scoring touch.
4 goals from 6 appearances tells you all you need to know about how quickly he has settled into his new club and, although Watford supporters are likely to feel regretful about his sale, there is one positive for them to take away: the rise of Roberto Pererya.
A versatile attacking midfielder by trade, Pereyra struggled to settle in Watford’s first-team last season, but Richarlison’s departure has opened a vacancy on the left-wing and so far he has seized the opportunity.
Richarlison’s exit has bestowed the creative responsibility onto Pereyra’s shoulders and he has showcased a level of forward-thinking dynamism which suggest he has grown in confidence this season.
The Argentina international has scored 3 goals from the left-wing and there is no doubt his instinct in the final-third will help him to score plenty more as the season progresses.
The sale of Richarlison was certainly not a piece of business which the Hornets faithful will look back on with great fondness, but with a staggering £28.8 million profit to boast after just one year and Pereyra thriving in his absence, Watford can be relatively pleased with how things have turned out.
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