Prior to the beginning of this new campaign, Everton already had one of the best squads in the Premier League, largely due to the financial investments of Farhad Moshiri in recent transfer windows.
And the Toffees now look even stronger after a summer where the club were able to bring in the likes of Richarlison, Bernard and Andre Gomes.
With so much attacking talent now at disposal, though, manager Marco Silva has been left with the dilemma — albeit a good one — of trying to fit them into the team.
On top of Richarlison, Bernard and Gomes, Silva also has Gylfi Sigurdsson, Theo Walcott and English youngster Ademola Lookman as his other attacking options, and keeping all of them happy this season will most certainly present a difficult task.
Whatever combination Silva is likely to go for in attack, there is no doubt that out all the tools he has, Richarlison will be the first one he looks to.
The Brazilian arrived from Watford in a big-money deal towards the end of July and started off life in an Everton shirt with a bang following goals against Wolves and Southampton before receiving a three-match suspension for a red card picked up in a 2-2 draw versus Bournemouth.
Richarlison has since earned a call up to the Brazil national team and made his international debut in a friendly against El Salvador where he was able to net twice.
Interestingly, Brazil boss Tite decided to play Richarlison as a No.9 — to devastating effect — in a move that Silva must also consider doing at Everton.
Richarlison has the attributes and ability to perform there in the same manner that Brazilian team-mate and Merseyside rival Roberto Firmino does at Liverpool.
He draws defenders towards him giving team-mates the opportunity to run in behind, is a dangerous dribbler, good in the air and, despite having some moments to forget about in front of goal last season, has the technique to become a ruthless finisher.
Even when considering his red card, Richarlison has still had an incredible start to this campaign, and things could get so much better for the 21-year-old if Silva can utilise him in the way Tite has for Brazil.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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