As soon as he came over from South America and donned the yellow and black of Watford FC, there was something about Richarlison.
Marco Silva brought over a rough diamond from Fluminese for £11.2 million, a steal for the highly-rated 20 year old at the time. Since then, he has followed Silva to Everton for a staggering £50 million just one season later and has become a key element to the success of the Merseyside team.
Carlo Ancelotti stepped into the role of manager last season and immediately pushed Richarlison into a central striking role alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin and saw results. Richarlison ended the campaign with 15 goals in all competitions as Everton strengthened the squad in the summer to start competing for European places.
Now being deployed on the left of a 4-3-3, his favoured position, with Calvert-Lewin and James Rodriguez filling the rest of the attack Everton have started the season with 7 straight wins in all competitions – the first time in over 120 years.
Richarlison’s form has been overshadowed by that of his strike partners but his performances have been sensational. He is linking midfield to attack well and is supporting Calvert-Lewin on the goalscoring front with 4 goals in his 6 appearances so far.
The good form saw him called up to the Brazil squad once again, where he earned his 21st cap in the 4-2 win over Peru on Tuesday night. He scored his 7th international goal after starting alongside Neymar and Roberto Firmino in a three-pronged attack, tapping in from Firmino’s headed across the goal.
With his pace, skill, vision, determination, work ethic and eye for goal Richarlison has all the tools to become a main man in the famous yellow jersey of the Brazilian national team. His versatility will also help as the next generation begins to creep into the senior side with the likes of Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes coming into the wide positions eventually. This would allow Richarlison to move central and add goals to his record.
If Everton continue in the form they’ve started the season with, it is almost inevitable that one of the big boys in the Premier League or even in Europe start taking a look at him to strengthen their sides.
At 23 years old he’s still young enough to be the future of the national team but also the future of a major European sides future. He might just be the next big thing to come out of Brazil.