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Richarlison de Andrade 7

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 had signed the player 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 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 being sent off for a "head butt", picking up a three-game ban.

Richarlison expressed his determination to learn from the incident and he would impress in patches over the rest of the season. His goal return slowed after a spell leading the line as a centre-forward as Silva grappled with the lack of a consistent marksman. Playing the target man, the Brazil forward (a call-up to his country's senior side came during the 2018-19 season) was required to hold the ball up and link up play, usually with his back to goal which less forte than running at defenders from deep. 

As the season progressed, it looked more likely that Dominic Calvert-Lewin could fulfill that role and that allowed Richarlison to revert to the left side but his petulance and propensity to collapse at the merest physical contact saw his contribution become increasingly peripheral and his form dipped in concert with that of the Everton team as a whole during an alarming winter slump.

Richarlison would find a tonic in a new role playing wide on the right, though; one that would address the conundrum of Theo Walcott's poor displays while also allowing Bernard to regularly be deployed on the opposite flank. The result was a steady improvement in Richarlison's game and an uptick in his goals return that would see him finish his first season as joint-top scorer with Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Despite the team struggling through the first half of the new season, Richarlison, now wearing the Number 7 shirt, had secured a permanent starting role in Silva's team selections and  continued to score goals at a similar frequency, a little below that required of a top-class Premier League striker. However, in December 2019, after Silva had been dismissed following a dreadful run of form, the club felt it was important to extend their mutual commitment with Richarlison, in part to fend off rumoured interest from suitors like Manchester United, securing a 12-month extension to his original 5-year deal, on improved terms, running through June 2024. 

The Brazlian took the opportunity to confirm his feelings for the club and its fans:  “I intend to be here a long time,” the 22-year-old said. “This was the club which gave me the opportunity to show my football. It was here I managed to get a place in the Brazil national team and it was here I have scored lots of goals in the Premier League. The club trusts me and I trust them.”

As he had done in his first season at Goodison, Richarlison finished the disrupted and protracted 2019-20 season as Everton's top scorer, sharing the accolade this time with Dominic Calvert-Lewin, both notching up 15 goals in all competitions. After Silva left, caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson had deployed the Brazil international in a two-man forward line with Calvert-Lewin, a formation that continued under Carlo Ancelotti.

Richarlison's importance to the much-improved team that made such a great start of the 2020-21 campaign was crystalized in a rash moment near the end of the Goodison derby game in October when the Brazilian tried but failed to successfully pull out of a reckless tackle on Thiago Alcântara and received a straight red card. Rather controversially, Richarlison felt compelled to apologize for the tackle and watched from the sidelines as Everton lost their 100% winning record in the 9th match of the season, at Southampton, the first without him.

Richarlison would go on to have his poorest season at Everton, when year-on-year improvement, increasing maturity, and much more lethal strikes on goal were fully expected, but not forthcoming. He scored a few goals … but missed many more as his confidence and composure progressively deserted him and Everton suffered increasingly from a lack of vital goals that would see them drop under Ancelotti's increasingly poor management to finish a very poor 10th in the Premier League.

But Richarlison would go on to spend most of Summer 2021 playing for his beloved Brazil, firstly in the Copa America, where they lost narrowly to Argentina in the final, and then more controversially in the delayed 2020 Olympics, where he won a gold medal in the final, and was the tournament's top scorer.

He was back with Everton just in time to train for the first game of the season but found himself targetted by the more physical teams who were thriving under newly relaxed refereeing. That reached a new low when Richarlison was scythed down by Burnley's Tartowski in a particularly dangerous follow-through sicissors action that revived no punishment whatsoever, but damaged the Everton player's knee, causing him to miss the next few weeks of the season.


Squad number 7, 30
Position Forward
Nationality Brazil
Born Nova Venécia
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 £35M (^£40M)
Contract duration 5 + 1 years
Contract expires June 2024
Full debut v Wolves (A)
11 August 2018
Previous Clubs América Mineiro
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2021-22 7 4 (0) 1 0 (0) 0 4 (0) 1
2020-21 7 33 (1) 7 6 (0) 6 39 (1) 13
2019-20 7 36 (0) 13 5 (0) 2 41 (0) 15
2018-19 30 32 (3) 13 1 (2) 1 33 (5) 14
  Totals 105 (3) 34 12 (2) 9 117 (5) 43


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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