Silva Tips Richarlison To Flourish After Brazil Exploits

Marco Silva is confident Everton will reap significant benefits from Richarlison’s Copa America winning exploits this month.

Forward Richarlison reported for training at USM Finch Farm on Monday – three weeks after dispatching the penalty which clinched Brazil’s first South American title for 12 years.

The 22-year-old scored 14 times for Everton in 2018/19 after becoming manager Silva’s first acquisition when he joined from Watford last summer.

Richarlison's explosive start to life at Everton was rewarded with a first call up last September and he has amassed 13 caps in quick time.

He crowned a stunning individual campaign with the spot kick which sealed Brazil's 3-1 win over Peru and confirmed his country's home Copa America triumph.

 

“Doing well in an important competition with the national team gives Richarlison a lot of good things,” Silva told evertontv.

“It will give him extra belief and possibly more consistency as a football player, which is something we are working with him to achieve.

“He has the other things he needs; he is a boy who likes to learn every day and work really hard to achieve what he is in his career.

“He has high quality and we are really happy to have a player like him in our squad.

“You are talking about a young player, just 22, and he has scored many important goals for us. He got into his national team and you know how difficult that is.”

 

Richarlison returned to his club one week after Yerry Mina and Dominic Calvert-Lewin started pre-season following their own international involvement during the summer.

Silva immediately involved centre-back Mina and Calvert-Lewin in match action, both players completing the one-hour contest with Sevilla on Saturday, three days after playing 45 minutes at Wigan.

Everton wrap up their warm-up fixtures against Werder Bremen in Germany this Saturday, seven days before starting the Premier League season at Crystal Palace.

Richarlison struck twice on the opening day at Wolverhampton Wanderers last term and netted on his Goodison debut against Southampton.

In common with his team, he finished the season very strongly, too. Richarlison scored in victories over Chelsea and Manchester United and was in tremendous form as Everton won six and drew three of their closing 11 matches.

 

"He had a fantastic season,” added Silva, who initially brought the player to England with Watford in 2017.

“It is good for me because we have a lot of good players to talk about.

“I prefer to talk about our team and squad but it was a fantastic season for Richarlison.

“I remember what many people said last summer when I took the decision to sign Richarlison with the support of our board and owner.

“It was not an easy deal. It was a big amount we paid to buy one player.

“But I knew him very well.

“I was with him for six months [at Watford] and for me that was enough to know his quality.

“It was really easy to convince him to work with us again and to join Everton.”

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