When Watford managed to snap up Richarlison in the summer few would have guessed the immediate impact he was going to have at the club.
The Brazilian, who arrived for £11.5 million from Fluminense as reported by the Guardian, came out the traps flying. He scored five goals in his first 13 games for the club and was a star performer for the Hornets as they soared up the table.
That form saw him linked with plenty of Premier League clubs. In November the London Evening Standard reported that Tottenham Hotspur were keen on signing the player after his impressive start. Arsenal and Chelsea have also been linked with the player.
Richarlison of Watford celebrates
As recently as last month a report from Esporte suggested that for Tottenham or anyone else to get the player they would need to pay around £50 million for the pleasure.
But surely that is not the case at present?
Richarlison is a talented player but his recent form does not warrant such an extravagant price-tag. He has now failed to score in his last 15 games for the club and his form has dipped as well, much like Watford’s.
Richarlison de Andrade of Watford controls the ball in the air during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Selhurst Park on December 12, 2017 in London, England.
Such a dramatic dip in form must be alarming for any club, especially a team as frugal as Tottenham, when it comes to paying £50 million for their services.
There is no way Tottenham would pay that money for Richarlison in the summer, if they remain keen. In fact, if he keeps up this form, Watford will have a hard time fetching anything for the player.
Hopefully Richarlison can find his form soon and help guide Watford back up the table.