Marco Silva, formerly his boss at Vicarage Road, knows the player well enough to believe it is a risk worth taking.
Richarlison endured a barren spell last season which raised questions over his future in the top flight. After scoring in the 2 – 0 home win against West Ham on 19th November 2017, the Brazilian registered just two assists for the remainder of the season. It left him with a record of just five goals in 40 appearances for 2017-18.
It’s a staggering piece of business for the Hornets. Richarlison cost £11.2m from Fluminense and despite a lively beginning in English football raised questions over his future in the Premier League with his poor finishing.
Silva sought to convince fans it was money well spent.
“He is a good player who will make our team and our squad more competitive.
“The player 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% committed to helping our team always.”
The proof will come in his performances. However, a quick start followed by a deep slump will cause Marco Silva more problems than it did at Watford.
It’s a show of faith the Portuguese will be praying the player repays.