Jamie Redknapp has likened Everton forward Richarlison to Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry, after seeing the attacker shine in the Toffees’ 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.
Marco Silva signed the Brazil international from his former club Watford in the summer for a fee said to be around £50 million, which many thought was the Merseyside outfit grossly overpaying for the exciting talent.
Those who judged the amount paid could be close to eating their words however, as Richarlison has been a revelation at Goodison Park already, and could be the difference between a solid season for Everton and a special one.
The Brazilian has plenty of appealing attributes, with his pace and his power there for all to see but his eye for goal, skill level and calmness in front of goal cannot be underestimated either.
Richarlison bagged a braced against the Seagulls at Goodison on Saturday afternoon, and produced a fantastic performance which saw him make his way into Redknapp’s team of the week.
The former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder provided a reason why the Brazilian impressed him, and where he could see his future playing out.
“Everton fans I know are desperate for Marco Silva to sign a striker in January, but they have a ready-made centre forward in Richarlison.” Redknapp said in his latest Daily Mail column.
“He is strong in the air and has a good blend of pace and physicality.
Think of Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry. They started as wide men before moving into the middle. Richarlison has all the attributes to do the same.”
That is incredibly high praise, and while it might be slightly premature to be putting the 21-year-old into that bracket, there is no doubt he is an exciting talent who looks capable of lighting Goodison Park up in the coming months.
Everton fans will be hoping he can showcase all of his skills on Sunday afternoon when the Toffees are next in action, when they head to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.