Richarlison – full name Richarlison de Andrade – joined his second English club for a fee that raised eyebrows throughout the sport. An initial £35m could rise to £50m, as the 21-year-old joins Marco Silva, the head coach who brought him to Watford 12 months ago, at Everton.
The young Brazilian made his professional debut at 18 with America Mineiro, in the second tier of Brazilian football. He scored on debut but was sent off in the final game of the season, as his team secured promotion – but his performances were still enough to secure a move to Fluminense, where he played for two seasons, gaining experience in the Copa Sudamericana, before Watford came calling.
He flew out of the traps at Vicarage Road, scoring five goals and creating five more in his opening 13 Premier League games. But his form, along with the team’s, tailed off dramatically after that. Despite being the only Watford player to feature in every Premier League game last season, he managed no further goals and only three assists beyond mid-November.
His subsequent move to Everton was no huge surprise, the chance to work with former head coach Silva no doubt a big factor. The price tag is hefty, no question, but Richarlison is still only 21 and showed consistent enough glimpses of his potential in his early days at Watford to suggest he can do some real damage in the Premier League. The Everton faithful, and management, will be expecting it.