Richarlison: The Brazilian Bargain
Since Marco Silva began his reign at Watford, there has been a positive atmosphere around the club. Currently in eighth place, the Hornets look to be doing just fine. One player has especially made a name for himself after joining in the summer: young Brazilian, Richarlison.
Over the summer, Marco Silva was pretty active in the transfer window. Will Hughes was brought in from Derby. Tom Cleverley arrived from Everton. Andre Gray was bought from Burnley. Nathaniel Chalobah transferred from defending champion Chelsea. Yet, 20-year-old Richarlison has been the key player at Vicarage Road.
Born Richarlison De Andrade, he was named to the 2017 Campeonato Carioca Team of The Year. His first individual honour as a professional player drew attention from clubs around the world. Watford was the team to jump at the opportunity. Marco Silva has not looked back since.
Richarlison arrived from Brazilian side Fluminense in the summer, after scoring nine goals in his lone Campeonato Serie A season. Only 19, he made 42 league appearances. The season prior, he was part of the youth set-up at America Mineiro. During the 2015/16 season, the forward was capped 24 times and also scored nine goals.
Watch a Watford match and you can see why Marco Silva signed Richarlison. He possesses an attacking threat few players his age can match. He has tallied five goals this season, four arriving in the past seven matches. Appearances in every game this season show Marco Silva's faith in the youngster, the numbers the damage he can cause to opposing teams. Able to play as a left winger or attacking midfielder, Richarlison easily interchanges with teammates, causing many problems for opponents. Flexibility has been key to his goal scoring opportunities.
Abdoulaye Doucoure seems to be gelling perfectly with the Brazilian youngster, forming a great partnership. The Frenchman has been getting on the scoreboard alongside Richarlison. With nine goals between them already, they could score plenty more this campaign.
Richarlison's five goals are a promising down payment on his £11 million transfer fee. At this pace, he will be paying dividends before season's end. Despite being a promising talent, the 20-year-old can't forget he has much to learn in the Premier League. In his first season outside Brazil he hasn't been stopped by any opposing force. Players his age often get in their own way after early success. Ravel Morrison comes to mind.
Travelling to Newcastle won't be an easy task for Watford this Saturday. Yet, if the entire squad emulates Richarlison and Doucoure's energy, the Hornets could cause havoc at St James' Park. The Magpies are on a three-game losing streak. It is a perfect opportunity for Richarlison to show he is worth more than £11 million. We can only watch every week to see how he adapts to English football and improves as a player.