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Do Everton have a gem on their hands in Richarlison?

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Do Everton have a gem on their hands in Richarlison?

Everton may well have the next Brazilian superstar on their hands in Richarlison.

The winger signed for the Toffees in a £40 million deal this summer (according to the Telegraph), which certainly raised a few eyebrows at the time.

The transfer came after he scored just five Premier League goals for Watford last term.

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He made a bright start, but his productivity dropped off in the second half of the campaign.

Despite that, he sealed his big money move to Goodison Park, and has made a great start on Merseyside.

The 21-year-old has scored three times so far, but did pick up a silly red card against Bournemouth in gameweek three.

He may have shown immaturity, but in the eyes of World Cup winner Rivaldo, Everton are on to a winner.

‘He will justify the investment’

Rivaldo, who earned 74 caps for Brazil, believes Richarlison could soon shine at international level.

 

He said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: “Richarlison is producing solid performances in the Premier League and is clearly a good player with great potential.

“He could be really important for Brazil soon.

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“Everton spent a good amount of money on his signing. Nowadays it is hard to know if a player really deserves the money spent on him, because the transfer values are really high.

“He was sent off after losing his temper and needs to understand that to become a top player he must relax and avoid this kind of behaviour.

“I’m sure he will learn from this lesson, after all it was his mistake and he is the one that will suffer with that and he certainly won’t repeat it again soon. But I believe he will justify the investment at Everton. He is making things happen.”

Destined for greatness?

To have the backing of the great Rivaldo has to count for something.

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The former Barcelona man was one of the greatest of his generation. Surely his early thoughts on Richarlison carry some weight.

It’s obviously very early days, but Richarlison has clearly demonstrated quality so far during his time in England.

There is still plenty of time for him to develop and there’s no reason why he can’t reach the very top and star at World Cups just like his admirer Rivaldo.

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