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Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson has nothing but respect for the club’s attacking star Richarlison.
The Iceland international has praised the Brazilian for the manner in which he has adapted to the English game following a difficult upbringing.
Richarlison seems to have finally kick-started his season this past month, with some impressive performances.
Prior to this, the attacker went five games without any sort of direct involvement in a goal.
Sigurdsson told evertonfc.com: “He comes from a different lifestyle.
“He’s very tough, he had a very tough upbringing, probably tougher than most people could handle, so personally I’ve got nothing but respect for him for the way he’s come through to get to where he is today.
“He gets on with it. He gets kicked a lot.
“He’s been fantastic for the Club since he’s been here,” Sigurdsson said.
“He works very hard. He’s one of those players who gets kicked.
“He’s not a Brazilian who just wants the ball and doesn’t do his job, he’s very good defensively and he works very hard and he scores goals.”
The Brazilian left his homeland to join Watford back in 2017 for £11m, with little known about him back then.
A year later, he had become so highly regarded that he secured a £50m move to Goodison Park off the back of an eye-catching maiden campaign in English football.
In that first campaign, Richarlison bagged five goals and four assists and helped keep Watford in the top-flight. However, his first season on Merseyside was where he really proved his worth by scoring 13 league goals – the joint-most for Everton.
Now, once again, the versatile player is leading the charts and continuing to be of great importance to Marco Silva.
The former Fluminense star has three league goals and is constantly showing how well he has adapted to the English game.