Richarlison Hails Influence Of 'Father Figure' Silva

by Peter Lennox
@Everton

Richarlison has highlighted the influence Marco Silva has had on his career, revealing he views the Everton boss “as a father”.

Having seen the explosive forward establish himself as one of Brazilian football’s brightest young talents, then-Watford manager Silva brought Richarlison to England in the summer of 2017.

The former Fluminense man wasted no time in making his mark in the Premier League – hitting five goals and making three assists in his first 11 starts for the Hornets as he thrived under Silva’s tutelage.

The Portuguese was appointed Everton manager in May this year and went on to make the 21-year-old his first signing for the Club.

And Richarlison has got off to a blistering start to his Blues career, netting four times in his opening six Premier League games.

The forward’s range of attributes has particularly impressed, with his pace, power, skill, and clinical finishing coming to the fore.

In Everton boss Silva, Richarlison believes he has the perfect mentor to help accelerate his development even further.

He praised Silva's challenging training sessions, while highlighting the manager’s approachable nature as a key strength.

“I see Marco as a father,” Richarlison said. "He came to Brazil to bring me to England and to help me realise the dream of playing in the Premier League.

“Marco is a very organised coach, who demands a lot of his players. He’s always on the training pitch to show us how to do things.

“When I need some additional explanation, I go to his office and we talk.

“That helps me a lot on the pitch and not only from a tactical point of view.”


Richarlison’s brilliant early-season form caught the eye Brazil national team manager Tite, who handed the forward a first senior call-up in September.

He went on to repay the boss’s faith in emphatic fashion – bagging a brace on his full debut as the five-time world-champions beat El Salvador 5-0 in Washington DC.

The forward’s goalscoring display saw him retain his place in the Selecao squad for their friendly clashes in Saudi Arabia this month. And having come on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over the Saudis on Friday, Richarlison could be in line for his first taste of a Brazil v Argentina showdown on Tuesday night.

The former America Miniero player’s attention will then shift back to Everton, with the Toffees targeting a third Premier League win on the spin when they take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Richarlison spearheaded the Blues attack in their 2-1 victory at Leicester City last time out, volleying home for Everton’s opener and playing an integral role in a fast-paced, authoritative performance.

The 21-year-old is convinced he and the Blues will only improve as they continue to implement Silva’s ideas and methods.

Richarlison also revealed the boss’s role in urging him to learn English. The Nova Venecia-born youngster says he is determined to pick up the language and believes this will be a key asset. 

“Marco convinced me to have three English lessons a week,” Richarlison said. 

“I really want to learn quickly because it will be important for the rest of my career.”

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