Time for Everton hot-shot Richarlison to look towards superstardom
Richarlison de Andrade burst onto the Premier League season twelve months ago with some scintillating performances on Watford's left-wing. Then Hornets manager Marco Silva brought the brilliant Brazilian to England. That following summer, the Brazil U20 international was on the move again; he was heading North to Everton.
Many eyebrows were raised at the £40million transfer fee slapped upon a youngster who was largely inconsistent during his debut campaign in the most competitive league on the planet. However, Silva clearly adores Richarlison. Bringing the 21-year-old with him to Goodison Park tells you everything you need to know about their tight-knit relationship.
The hefty figure that tempted Watford into parting with their prized asset has already begun to be repaid. Richarlison opened the scoring against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening day with a real poachers goal. It was what came after that left Toffees fans with their jaws almost on the floor. The game had been completely turned on its head following a dubious Phil Jagielka sending-off. Up steps Richarlison, who, with a deft finish, tucked the ball past the excellent Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal when all hope looked lost. The hosts would go on to salvage themselves a point with ten minutes left on the clock, but thanks to their Brazilian dynamo, Everton headed home with a hard-fought point.
It's not just his on-field work that deserves plaudits, either. In the modern-day game, having that relationship with the ever-loyal supporters goes an awfully long way. Richarlison showed his true class when spending time with a young fan just minutes after stepping off the field. It really is super stuff.
Yes, it's early days. The talent is there, though. He was electric at times for Watford in a considerably poorer starting line-up. With better quality around him, Richarlison has massive potential to kick it up a notch and begin to make waves not only across the Premier League, but in Europe.
It was a stunning debut under huge pressure. Richarlison has already proven he can handle the bright lights. In Silva, he's working with a manager whom he trusts wholeheartedly. The pair can help each other move forward, while also propelling Everton, who have made some brilliant acquisitions this summer, up the table.
As the old saying goes, consistency is key. That's the next step for the ever-improving 21-year-old. There were times during his Watford stint where he went completely missing for weeks on end. That'll happen from time-to-time, particularly when you're young. If he can keep up that excellent form for even just a month more than the 2017/18 campaign it will have been a huge leap forward for a winger who has the footballing world at his mercy.
I don't think it's a stretch to suggest that we could be looking at someone capable of going right to the very top. I'm talking Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona standard. He has the ability, it's all down to his mindset. That's what separates the very good from the elite.
For now, Richarlison's efforts are solely concentrated on Goodison Park. If he continues on this path to superstardom, though, The Toffees will do well to keep ahold of their new hero in the long-term.