Brazilian legend Rivaldo has told the Daily Star that he thinks Richarlison will justify Everton's investment – but must learn to relax after being sent off at Bournemouth.
The Toffees took a while to get going in the summer transfer market, but ended up with seven signings to boost Marco Silva's squad in a late spree.
With three draws and a win in four Premier League outings, Silva remains unbeaten as Everton boss, though the 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town on Saturday was a disappointment.
That game was the first time that Everton have started a Premier League game under Silva without new signing Richarlison, as he was suspended following a straight red card at Bournemouth.
The Brazilian was seen as a major gamble when Everton paid £40million to sign him from Watford this summer, reuniting with Silva just a year on from signing for the Hornets from Fluminense in a deal worth around a quarter of the fee Everton paid out.
Richarlison failed to really impress without Silva managing him, and with three goals in his first three appearances for Everton, he is showing signs of stardom once again.
Now, World Cup legend Rivaldo has spoken to the Daily Star about Richarlison, telling them that whilst it's difficult to know whether a player is worthy of the fee paid, Everton don't need to worry about him being an expensive flop, as he will 'justify the investment' at Goodison Park.
However, the former Barcelona man did add that Richarlison's red card for a headbutt on Adam Smith at Bournemouth was a big mistake, and he must learn to control his temper in order to become a top player.
“Richarlison is producing solid performances in the Premier League and is clearly a good player, with great potential that could be really important for Brazil soon,” said Rivaldo. “Everton spent a good amount of money on his signing. Nowadays is hard to know if a player really deserves the money spent on him, because the transfer values are really high. But I believe he will justify the investment at Everton. He is making things happen.”
“He was sent off after losing his temper and needs to understand that to become a top player he must relax and avoid this kind of behaviour. I’m sure he will learn from this lesson, after all it was his mistake and he is the one that will suffer with that and he certainly won’t repeat it again soon,” he added.
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