Everton manager Marco Silva believes Richarlison is a “different player” this season. Ahead of Everton’s clash with Bournemouth, Silva pointed to the same fixture last year as a momentous turning point in Richarlison’s career.
The Brazilian received a straight red card for directing his head towards Adam Smith in that game – which ended 2-2. Silva thinks this moment changed Richarlison’s career for the better as he learned from the mistake.
Silva said (quotes via The Telegraph): “He’s a different player. I had this conversation with him. He learned from that moment for sure. Of course Richarlison is now a better player than before, he’s more mature than one season ago.”
Richarlison has started this season in impressive form and he will hope to build on this against Bournemouth. With three goals in five games, the 22-year-old is hitting some good form for the Toffees.
Silva paid tribute to Richarlison’s marked improvement by pointing to his international prowess. He added: “Now he’s an international player, which is something he achieved with our help, with his quality and with his work because he’s working really hard every day to achieve everything in his career.”
Richarlison is a player who gives 100% and wears his heart on his sleeve. At such a young age, tempers were likely to boil over at some point because he is just that type of player. But it has to act as a lesson.
Silva believes Richarlison is more applied now and will not repeat the same mistakes. Bournemouth will probably try to rile Richarlison again today; but he has to rise above it this time.