Richarlison Savouring Link-Up With Quality Everton Additions

Richarlison says he is savouring the prospect of linking up with Everton’s exciting new signings, as he revealed his belief the Blues have the quality to “fight for Europe and win trophies” in 2020/21.

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has made three high-calibre additions to his squad over the past week.

Richarlison’s Brazil international colleague Allan was the first to complete his move to Goodison Park, the dynamic midfielder joining from Napoli last Saturday.

Colombian attacker James Rodriguez arrived from Real Madrid two days later - the 2014 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner’s signing making waves across the globe.

Less than 24 hours later, the Blues again bolstered their midfield ranks when Frenchman Abdoulaye Doucoure – a former teammate of Richarlison’s at Watford – sealed his transfer from the Hornets.

Everton kick off the new campaign with an away clash at Spurs on Sunday (4.30pm) and Richarlison says the Blues’ eye-catching acquisitions have further enhanced his anticipation levels for the season.

“Professor Carlo has made three excellent signings,” he said.

“They are definitely going to help us compete to achieve great things this season.

“James has won all the trophies going. I’m sure he can play some great passes to play me in on goal, and I need to make the most of that and learn from him.

“I believe we will have a great partnership and do well this season.

“As soon as I saw in the news about the possibility of Allan coming to play here, I sent him a message straight away.

“He is a quality player – he is a player that regularly plays for the Brazilian national team. He can help us a lot. I believe he will do very well in the Premier League.

“As a team, we know and recognise our own quality and, with these three new signings, we believe we have a good chance of getting into Europe and to compete for cups.”

Richarlison was Everton’s joint-top goalscorer last season alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin, the pair both hitting 15 goals during the campaign.

In 69 starts since joining the Blues from Watford in 2018, Richarlison has netted on 26 occasions.

The 22-year-old has also established himself as a key member of the Brazil team during this period. Richarlison received his first senior international call-up one month after signing for Everton and has remained a fixture in boss Tite’s squads.

Alongside Allan, he was part of the side that won the 2019 Copa America and he was on the scoresheet as the five-time world champions beat Peru 3-1 in the final of the competition.

Richarlison set out his hunger to cement his position in the Brazil team by continuing to deliver consistently for Everton.

“I know I have my responsibilities,” he added. “I have to do the same as I have been doing, looking to score as many goals as possible and help the team.

“I have aims and objectives I am looking to meet. I need to be playing well for Everton to be in the Brazilian national team.

“As a team here at Everton, we need to be united.

“The fans want us to win trophies, to be in the Europa League and the Champions League. We need to focus 100 per cent on achieving these things.

“Professor Carlo speaks to us every day, saying we need to focus so we can do well this season and win trophies.”

Richarlison added he has a further personal goal for this season – to conduct a first media interview in English.

He explained how his grasp of the language has progressed to the extent he has been burning the ears off his Everton teammates.

“I think I am developing, my English is evolving,” he said.

“I’m really happy. I have been talking a lot of English around the Club. So much so that the other players are telling me to shut up because I am talking too much!

“I am studying, I have two lessons every week.

“Hopefully, I am able to give an interview in English sometime soon.”