Everton plopped down a club-record $65 million to sign Richarlison this summer, a designation and a price which has loomed large over so many record signings before him.
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The 21-year-old Brazilian winger seemed wholly unfazed and unaware of the lofty expectations heaped upon him on Saturday, though, as he made his Toffees debut and bagged a brace in his new side’s 2-2 draw with newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After the game, new Everton boss Marco Silva — who worked with Richarlison last season when they were each at Watford, and ultimately made him the priority of the summer after moving to Goodison Park — said he “doesn’t have doubts” about the quality of the player, nor his commitment to the cause. The two goals were great, clearly, but it’s far from his only contribution to the team, according to Silva — quotes from the BBC:
“I don’t have doubts. Even when Richarlison doesn’t scorem he works really hard to help his team. I’m sure the fans will be proud of him.
“He did very well. He worked hard, which is what I expect from him.”
Richarlison started the 2017-18 season, his first in England, very brightly while working under Silva’s direction, but his production — at least the goals — dried up pretty quickly following the manager’s departure in January. Even still, Richarlison appeared in all 38 of Watford’s Premier League games. His transfer price rose from $14 million to $65 million in the span of 12 months.