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Richarlison de Andrade 30

Richarlison joined Everton from Watford in a deal worth a reported £40m in July 2018, the Brazilian forward signing a five-year contract with the club.

The move represented a reunion with new Toffees boss, Marco Silva, who signed Richarilson from Fluminese for a little over  �11m, persuading him to join the Hornets rather than Ajax the previous year.

The then 20-year-old had starred for his country at the U20 World Cup and he demonstrated his star quality with five goals in his first 12 games for Watford as they ascended to the top six early last season.

The Hertfordshire club's form nose-dived after November, however, mirrored by Richarlison's personal performances and he failed to score a goal after the 19th of that month.

By mid-January, the decision was taken to relieve Silva of his duties, with the Watford hierarchy citing Everton's attempts to lure their manager away in the wake of their sacking of Ronald Koeman as having been critically destabilising.

The Portuguese had a shot at redemption with the Toffees while Richarlison arrived with a big price tag around his neck but with enormous potential.

He began his career in his native Brazil with América Mineiro from Belo Horizonte where he scored nine times in 24 games in 2015-16. He was acquired by Fluminese for the following season and struck another nine goals in 42 appearances before Watford came calling.

"I want to have a lot of success with Everton," he told evertonfc.com after his arrival was announced. "I think it is going to be important for me here to be with Marco Silva again. I will learn more because I am still learning as a player and I aim to develop and grow here.

"I've known the manager for a while obviously, so I know how he works. I developed really well with him while he was with me at Watford."

He got off to a flying start with two goals in the season-opener at Wolves and another at home to Southampton, only to severely blot his copy book, getting baited by Adam Smith at Bournemouth and pressing his head against the wind-up merchant, only to see him fall back like a pack of cards to get the Everton man dismissed, and serving a compulsory ban for the next three games.

Richarlison would impress in his favoured role, running at defenders with the ball at his feet, cutting in from the left. But his goal return slowed and the lack of a decent striker saw him mistakenly played at centre-forward, where being a target man, required to hold-up the ball and link-up play, usually with his back to goal, struggling with a beefy defender to win a low-percentage aerial hoof from deep was clearly not his forte. 

As the season progressed, it looked more likely that Dominic Calvert-Lewin might fulfill that role, allowing Richarlison to revert to the left side, where he was clearly more comfortable. But his petulance and annoyance at the constant physical contact saw his contribution become increasingly peripheral as Premier League defenders were wise to him and the goals largely dried up.

FactFile

Squad number 30
Position Forward
Nationality Brazilian
Born Nova Ven�cia
Date of birth 10 May 1997
Height 5'-10" (1.79 m)
Joined 24 July 2018
Joined from Watford
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee £40m
Contract duration 5 years
Contract expires June 2023
Full debut v Wolves (A)
11 August 2018
Previous Clubs América Mineiro
Fluminese
Watford
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2018-19 30 25 (3) 11 1 (2) 1 26 (5) 12
  Totals 25 (3) 11 1 (2) 1 26 (5) 12

 


Previous Career


Season Team League Apps League Goals Cup Apps Cup Goals
2017-18 Watford 32 (6) 5 2 (1) 0
2016-17 Fluminese 42 9
2015-16  América Mineiro 24 9    

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