Marco Silva says Everton forward Richarlison returned to USM Finch Farm determined to continue “learning and improving every day” following his explosive introduction to international football.
Richarlison scored two fabulous goals on his full Brazil debut against El Salvador on Wednesday, having muscled his way into the plans of national team boss Tite on the strength of a tremendous start to his Everton career.
Manager Silva was the man who identified Richarlison’s talent and potential when the player was shining in his homeland for Fluminense – and subsequently brought the South American to England last summer.
Richarlison transferred to Goodison Park from Watford in July. And fewer than seven weeks after becoming Silva’s first signing as Everton manager, Richarlison made his first appearance for Brazil from the bench against USA last week, before spectacularly announcing his arrival on the international scene in midweek.
“It is a proud moment for me and a proud moment for the Club,” Silva told evertontv.
“He is our player and we have to support him. When we knew he was going with the national team it was really important because it was after his red card against Bournemouth.
“His debut was very, very good and it was important to him [to do so well] in the first moment with his teammates in the national side.
“Now he has come back ready to work hard, to learn and improve every day, because he has to. And we are here to develop him.”
Richarlison’s immediate impact in his national team’s colours replicated the barnstorming way he began life at Everton.
The 21-year-old, who moved to Goodison fresh from his first proper rest for two years, struck both of his side’s goals in a 2-2 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers on the season's opening day.
He maintained his scoring form with a powerful headed finish on his home bow in the victory over Southampton.
But Richarlison’s momentum was checked when he was sent off in the first half of Everton’s draw with Bournemouth last month.
He will complete a three-match ban when the Blues host West Ham United on Sunday and be free to return to action at Arsenal seven days later.
Silva praised the strength of character employed by Richarlison to bounce back from his disappointment – and expects the attacker to heed the lessons from his dismissal on the south coast.
“He is [a strong character], he needs support like all of them and he is a young boy, only 21,” said Silva.
“It was not a good moment for him against Bournemouth but I think he learned from it. We spoke during the following week.
“It was a very good and important moment for him in the national team. He showed good character [to bed straight into Brazil’s squad] and that is something he is showing in our training sessions every day.”
Tite deployed Richarlison as an out-and-out striker in the match against El Salvador, which Brazil won 5-0.
And Silva insists the stellar striking performance delivered by a player who primarily operates as a winger for Everton came as no surprise.
“If you remember my first words when he joined us, I told you he can play in three positions in the attack line,” added Silva.
“When I analysed Richarlison when he was playing for Fluminense in Brazil, I saw him many times playing as a central striker, playing on left, on the right, he can play in three positions. I know that and it is not a surprise for me.”