Manager Silva Aiming To Help Richarlison Reach Scoring Potential

by Paul McNamara
@Everton

Marco Silva says Richarlison boasts the potential to be a consistent Premier League goalscorer – and it is a “pleasure” to work with the dedicated Brazilian.

Silva moved quickly to recruit Richarlison after being appointed Everton manager last year, reuniting with the player he brought to English football with Watford in summer 2017.

The attacker made an explosive start to his Goodison Park career, scoring twice against Wolverhampton Wanderers on the season’s opening day, and has 13 goals in all competitions this term.

Richarlison’s haul already represents an eight-goal increase on his first campaign in this country last season.

He has also struck three times in eight matches for Brazil after his early-season form was rewarded with a first international call-up.

And Silva admits helping Richarlison improve his return in front of goal was high on his priority list after securing the player's signature nine months ago.

“Yes, it was, and he has this capacity [to score regularly],” Silva told evertontv.

“Of course, all of us want him always performing really well but even if, for some reason, he is not at his best level, he has this ability – and these good feelings in the box – to arrive at the right moment.

“It is something we are working on with him, like we are with others.

"But I think it is something natural in Richarlison, also, that feeling to attack the ball in the right moment.

“And he has this desire and capacity to score, wherever he is playing; on the left or right, or in the centre.”

Richarlison scored twice last month – against Newcastle United and Chelsea – and earlier in 2019 was on target to settle Everton’s game at Huddersfield Town in the Blues’ favour.

The 21-year netted all his Premier League goals last term inside the season’s first three months.

He insisted recently that maintaining his consistency throughout the campaign represented one of his primary objectives for his debut season at Everton.

Additionally, Richarlison cited Silva’s coaching and man-management as fundamental to the advances he has made since completing his move from Vicarage Road.

“When Richarlison came to the Premier League, we really believed in him,” said Silva, who took the player to Watford from Brazilian team Fluminense after Richarlison starred in the 2017 South American Under-20 Championship.

“He had a big impact in his first moments in the Premier League – but the second half of last season was difficult for him. He did not score in the last five months.

“This season he has had a strong impact in our club and I am really enjoying working with him and trying to help him improve.

“I was 100 per cent sure [Richarlison would be successful at Everton] because he is a player who can fit really well in our club.

“We are talking about a young player, 21 years old. In some moments, he is working to get that consistency we need as a team and he needs as a football player, because he has this quality.

“It has been a pleasure for me to see how he can develop as a football player, to achieve an important position in our club and get in the Brazil national team – you know how difficult it is to achieve that, and he played twice last month in the first XI in the national team.

“Richarlison, apart from his talent, is a worker. That is really important when you are talking about a young player.

“And I am 100 per cent sure he will keep working hard to continue developing and achieve what he wants.”

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