21-year-old Everton winger Richarlison has been called up to the Brazilian international team after his hot start to the Premier League season.
Brazil is gearing up for a pair of international friendlies against the United States and El Salvador in the coming international window. A knee injury forced 21-year-old Fluminese striker Pedro out of the squad before his chance to earn his first cap. Richarlison was called in to replace him, brought into the fold over Manchester City attacker and World Cup participant Gabriel Jesus.
Richarlison, after joining Everton this summer from Watford, has three goals in his first three league appearances with the Toffees. He scored a brace in the season-opening 2-2 draw with Wolves, and then scored in the 2-1 win over Southampton. He was then sent off in this past weekend’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth.
Richarlison is a youth product of Brazilian club America Minero. He moved to Fluminese where he was discovered internationally and moved to Watford in the summer of 2017. The youngster represented Brazil at the youth level 10 times, scoring three goals as the U-20 team failed to place at the 2017 South American Championship.
Richarlison transferred to Everton this summer in a deal reportedly worth up to $65.5 million. His three goals have been assisted by three different players. He was sent off this past weekend against Bournemouth in a controversial decision after he was judged to have headbutted a Bournemouth player, although replays showed there was very little actual contact in the incident. The straight red will see him suspended for three matches barring an appeal from Everton. Toffees boss Marco Silva acknowledged that the decision was soft but also warned Richarlison for his actions.
This decision also says a lot about Brazil boss Tite’s view of Gabriel Jesus. The Manchester City youngster struggled mightily this summer at the World Cup, but despite those struggles, Tite stuck with him for the majority of the tournament, ignoring calls to replace him with the in-form Roberto Firmino. Now, having failed to reward his manager for the loyalty, his place in the team may be seriously in jeopardy.