Richarlison has been one of the standout players in the Premier League during the opening weeks of the season. His start for Everton has been eventful, as the Brazilian has scored three times in his first three matches for the club. There was disappointment when he was sent off against Bournemouth, but that is a consequence of his passion on the field.
During the summer, Marco Silva and Everton were criticised for their signing of Richarlison. The 21-year-old could cost the club as much £50 million from Watford if all the clauses in the deal are met. He hadn’t scored since last November when he signed for the Toffees, but his former Watford boss had faith in him and he is rapidly rediscovering his form at Goodison Park.
His impressive start to the season didn’t go unnoticed in his native Brazil, as he was called up to the senior squad for their recent matches. Richarlison made his debut against USA as a substitute, before earning his first start against El Salvador.
The 21-year-old forward didn’t waste his opportunity, as he scored twice for his country and won a penalty, which was converted by talisman Neymar. The opposition may not have been the strongest, but Richarlison made sure he impressed, and he will be hopeful of more caps in the near future.
For that to happen, he needs to make sure that he shows consistency for Everton. Last season, his good form quickly dissipated at the turn of the year and he was no longer producing in the final third. A similar drop-off can’t be allowed to happen.
One positive for the Brazilian is that he does seem to deliver under Marco Silva. It was the Portuguese coach’s departure that led to a decline in form at Watford. At Everton, it is unlikely that the manager will be leaving any time soon and that can only be viewed as a positive for Richarlison.
He has one more game of his ban to serve and that will be this weekend against West Ham. Then Richarlison will be back in the team and looking to push on from a positive start to life as a Toffee.
Although it remains to be seen how important he will be at international level, it is a huge plus for Everton that he featured for Brazil over the break. It ensured he maintained his confidence and fitness. Richarlison will now return to the team in the same great form.