Everton enjoyed a thoroughly productive transfer window and the early signs suggest they pulled a masterstroke in signing Richarlison from Watford in a deal worth £35 million.
The Brazilian youngster rapidly established himself as one of the Premier League’s most exciting young talents shortly after he completed a £11 million switch from Fluminense to Watford in the 2017 summer window. 5 goals and 4 assists from his opening 13 appearances made him one to watch for Premier League supporters, but Watford’s poor run of results and Marco Silva’s departure coincided with a barren run of form for the youngster.
After netting in the 2-0 victory over West Ham in November Richarlison failed to score another Premier League goal for the club before he completed a summer switch to Everton. Watford naturally jumped at the opportunity to make a healthy £24 million profit on the 21-year-old attacker just 1 year after signing him, and the deal drew plenty of interest from sceptics throughout the British media.
But Richarlison has wasted no time in justifying his huge price-tag and kickstarting his career again under the same manager who enabled him to thrive during the early stages of his Watford career.
Indeed, Richarlison has bagged 3 goals from his first 3 appearances for the club, including a poachers tap-in, a fabulous curled-effort which had shades of Thierry Henry about it and a firm header for a player who seems to have a habit of winning aerial duels inside the penalty area.
Following an uninspiring spell at Watford there’s no doubt that Richarlison has breathed new life into his Premier League career by moving to Goodison Park, although he will need to learn to maintain his composure after he succumbed to Adam Smith’s bait against Bournemouth and was correctly dismissed for a petulant headbutt.
Not only was the summer deal huge for Everton’s financial expenditure and for Watford as they garnered an impressive profit on an unproven player, it was huge for Richarlison as it allowed him to reunite with a manager who encourages freedom of expression at a club whom are striving to qualify for European football.
A slump which bares resemblance to his struggle at Watford seems unlikely for Richarlison within this new environment and if he continues to improve upon his early season form there is no doubt he will quickly play his way into the hearts of the Toffees faithful.
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