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Why Richarlison will be an important player for Everton this season

A season of mediocrity under Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce was enough for Everton to make wholesome changes to their squad this summer. Not only was there a change in the managerial hot seat but also in the entire recruitment system that saw Everton splash money on three players for a single position last summer.

The outcome? None of them managed to sprinkle their magic at Goodison Park and the Toffees finished an underwhelming eighth in the Premier League.

Under the new management of Marco Silva, Everton seemingly embraced a dynamic approach in the transfer window and while they didn’t hesitate in splashing money, the club approached things in a systematic manner.

And one of the biggest talking points of Everton’s summer transfer window was signing Richarlison, who made the switch to Goodison Park from Watford in a record £40m deal. Silva was responsible for bringing Richarlison to Watford from Fluminense last year, where the Brazil Under-20 international had established himself as one of his country’s brightest young talents.

After signing for Watford last summer, Richarlison swiftly adapted to Premier League football, scoring on his full debut for the Hornets in a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth. He enjoyed a blistering start to his life in England, netting five goals in quick succession but as the season wore on, Richarlison’s impact started fading away and he ended the campaign with just five goals.

Despite blowing entirely cold in the second half of last season, Everton never shilly-shallied in spending sky-high on Richarlison.

Of course, it is a lot of money but the youngster showed a glimpse of his quality during his Everton debut last weekend. He scored a stunning brace that helped his side earn a point against newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In that game, he was deployed on the left-wing and the Brazilian’s pace, trickery and crossing ability frightened the Wolves’ defence. The Brazilian is a powerful winger who is at his best when utilizing his agility to hurt opponents.

Richarlison is not only a goal-scorer but can also create goals. He loves shooting from a distance and while his decision-making needs drastic improvements, he is always a threat going forward. In the event of quick counter-attacks, Everton players must spot him at every opportunity.

Silva is known to favour players with blistering pace and his system suits an attacking player like Richarlison perfectly. His creativity and directness will be an important asset for the Toffees, who were incredibly dull going forward last season.

Given his form over the second half of the previous term, signing Richarlison does represent a massive gamble. However, there is no doubting the South American’s ability and talent.

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Richarlison’s price may surely look a tad overpriced but he could become a clever signing for Everton. All in all, the Brazilian will be an important asset for Everton this term.

Written by Rohan Sengupta

Hi, I am Rohan Sengupta from one of the busiest cities in India, Mumbai. A Journalism graduate with a keen interest in sports, football is something I simply cannot live without and writing, discussing and analyzing the game is what I do 24*7.
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