The Brazilian enjoyed an explosive start to his career at Vicarage Road, bagging five goals and four assists in his first 17 Premier League appearances, but has run out of steam during the second half of the campaign and is now awaiting his first strike or setup since December.
But still just 20 years of age and already showing he’s capable of making a match-winning impact in the top flight, the South American’s potential is impossible to ignore. Does that mean he’d automatically make a wise signing for the Goodison outfit though? Football FanCast take a look at the potential consequences from Everton’s perspective of a summer move to Merseyside…
Yannick Bolasie’s endured horrendous luck during his time at Goodison Park, suffering a serious injury just a handful of games into his Toffees career.
The Congo international can still be a menacingly unpredictable force in attack, as he showed on Saturday when his long-range curler obliged a fantastic save from Loris Karius in the Merseyside derby.
But he’s not the calibre of player that’s going to take Everton to the next level either and due to turn 29 before the start of next season, Richarlison’s arrival could well spell an abrupt end to his Everton stint – especially as Theo Walcott has made the right wing berth his own since arriving from Arsenal in January.
Everton fans are desperate to see some of the club’s players involved in England’s U20 World Cup win last year establish themselves in the first team at Goodison Park and Ademola Lookman certainly falls into that bracket.
But the former Charlton Athletic youngster has already sought a loan move away from the club to guarantee first team football, joining Red Bull Leipzig in January, and signing another player in his position for a large fee will only continue to block his path into Sam Allardyce’s starting XI.
Perhaps the silver lining here is that Richarlison’s young as well – it’s not as if Everton will be denying Lookman regular football for the sake of an underwhelming Premier League journeyman. But there’s plenty of buzz around Lookman on Merseyside and Richarlison’s arrival – even with Bolasie leaving – would only seem to further confuse the situation.
With Sky Sports claiming Everton would have to pay around £40million for Richarlison – more than double the £18million value attributed to him on Transfermarkt – swooping for the former Brazil U20 could trigger another transfer window of lavish spending at Goodison, following the £142million bill from last summer, especially if they seal his services early on.
While execution of the summer business was a bigger problem than Everton’s willingness to spend, the real danger is the precedent it sets – as soon as it becomes obvious one club are ready to spend big, potential sellers waste no time in trying to take them to the cleaners.
Spending £40million on Richarlison, a player who has endured a real Jekyll-and-Hyde season in England, would inevitably bump up the price of their other summer targets.
It’s no secret that Everton tried to prise Marco Silva from Watford earlier in the season, which the Hornets later blamed for the Portuguese’s subsequent dismissal.
Likewise, while Allardyce appears to have done enough to cling onto his role with the Toffees, it’s also no secret that he’s failed to convince a significant section of supporters since replacing Ronald Koeman. So perhaps a swoop for Richarlison will pave the way for Everton to return to Silva’s doorstep should Allardyce endure a difficult start next season.
All of Richarlison’s goals and assists for Watford came under the former Hull City gaffer’s watch, and the forward’s form just hasn’t been the same since the now jobless manager left Vicarage Road. In any case, Everton’s hierarchy will be more than aware of how frighteningly talented Richarilson looked with Silva in charge.
So Everton fans, with these four consequences in mind, would you back a summer raid for Richarlison? Let us know by voting below…