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Richarlison’s Everton move official; Player, Silva react



It was said often last summer, but this time there are less moving pieces.

Everton is a bonafide dark horse for the Premier League’s Top Six race after purchasing 21-year-old Richarlison from Watford, reuniting the Brazilian with a manager he says is “like a father to him.”

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As detailed Monday, the big buy is a significant risk for the Toffees. They are hoping that Richarlison’s form under Marco Silva -- five goals and three assists in his first 13 PL matches -- is the truth and his cold second half of the season is a combination of fiction, immaturity, and exhaustion.

“I’ve known the manager for a while obviously, so I know how he works,” Richarlison said. “I developed really well with him while he was with me at Watford. It was really good working with him and one day I believe he can help me to be selected for Brazil in the full national team. But that is for the future and my present is here with Everton. I want my dreams to become a reality here at one of the biggest clubs in England.”

Here’s what Silva said, also from

“The player himself is fast, strong, very good technically and he can play in three positions across the front line. He can also score goals. Evertonians will see a player who will be 100 per cent committed to helping our team always.”

The club looks dangerous up top, with Richarlison a potentially deadly addition to the top four.

There are still holes and questions, Schneiderlin’s performance under Silva a big one. Dominic Calvert-Lewin will fight to impress atop the formation, and Mason Holgate, Jonjoe Kenny, Davy Klaassen, Tom Davies, and Nikola Vlasic hoping to find starring roles.

Silva played some 4-2-3-1, as well as some 4-3-3, 4-1-4-1 (I like this one), and 5-4-1 .


Coleman -- Keane -- Jagielka -- Baines

Gueye -- Schneiderlin

Walcott -- Sigurdsson -- Richarlison




Coleman -- Keane -- Jagielka -- Baines


Walcott --Sigurdsson -- Vlasic --Richarlison


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