Equal Time: Everton got value for money with Richarlison
Richarlison became Everton's first signing this summer on Tuesday. Since then, concerns have been raised about the deal.
Splashing £35 million, which could rise to £50 million, is a lot for a 21-year-old. Especially one who has had just one season in the Premier League.
It is an even greater risk when considering that after joining Watford for £11 million last summer, Richarlison has failed to score or assist since 12 December.
Toffees fans concerned about the deal will be fearful the club is overspending, similar to last summer when Jordan Pickford proved the only new arrival of value.
That was the old regime, though. The first signing of the Marcel Brands and Marco Silva partnership makes much sense.
First, Richarlison flourished under Everton's manager before. Silva pushed hard to bring the youngster to Watford 12 months ago. The Portuguese is likely to have played a big part in persuading him to sign at Goodison Park.
Richarlison was a revelation when first arriving in England, impressing as the Hornets made a flying start under Silva's leadership.
Five goals, three assists and four man of the match performances in his first 12 games alerted Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur among others. Manchester United reportedly showed interest this summer.
Richarlison's lively beginning in the Premier League was largely down to how well he fitted into Silva's system. The Lisbon-born coach demands his team press high up the pitch, turning over possession in the opponent's half as much as possible.
Supporters enjoy fast-paced, attacking football; Richarlison is perfectly suited to it. He is industrious, posting high numbers when it comes to sprints, tackles and regaining possession.
Last season alone, the Brazilian managed 64 tackles, more than Everton defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 29 interceptions and clearances, as well as six blocks. It's a clear sign of his hard-working nature, which fits well into Silva's playing style.
Richarlison's goals and assists, plus the fact he was the Premier League's most fouled player last campaign, proves he's a serious attacking threat.
Moreover, the Toffees' left wing has been a weak area. Yannick Bolasie is inconsistent at best. It remains to be seen whether Ademola Lookman remains beyond this summer, with RB Leipzig determined to sign him permanently.
Richarlison is an upgrade on Bolasie and Lookman. He is also a better option than both Kevin Mirallas and Sandro Ramirez. Despite his struggles in last season's second half, he still topped every Toffees player in terms of shots, dribbles past defenders and chances created from open play.
Richarlison will improve Everton's attack in every way. A front three of him, Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun has all the attributes to flourish next season.
There is also Brands to factor in. The Dutch director of football is adept at signing young talent with high potential. He has a long track record of doing so in the Netherlands.
Although Richarlison is more expensive than the purchases Brands made at PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar, he fits into the same bracket.
Richarlison's current value will only increase should his upward trajectory continue. That is a major bonus for the Toffees.
Of course, doubters will still remain. On the face of it, there are negatives to the deal. However, delve a little deeper and it's easy to understand why Evertain paid big to secure their man.
Richarlison not only has great potential, he previously thrived under Silva. More crucially, his quality will improve Everton in a problem area. Those positives far outweigh any negatives.