Everton were mocked for spending a fee potentially rising to £50million on Richarlison but the Brazilian seems to be answering his critics in style.
Richarlison has certainly enjoyed a swift rise to the upper echelons of the game.
Just four years ago, the 21-year-old was ready to give up football altogether following numerous rejections in his native Brazil, according to an interview with AS.
Having spent all his remaining money on a one-way ticket to Belo Horizonte for a trial with America Mineiro, Richarlison was finally handed a deal.
The forward subsequently went on to impress at national giants Fluminense before coming over to England, where we know him from his exploits with Watford and current club Everton.
Indeed, Richarlison didn’t receive his first Brazil cap until August this year, but following his latest display for the five-time world champions, he is making a good case for a first-team spot.
After scoring the winner – a powerful bullet header – in Tuesday night’s 1-0 friendly win over Cameroon in Milton Keynes, Selecao coach Tite was eager to praise the relative newcomer.
“I was not surprised by Richarlison’s performance,” he told reporters.
“What I saw today was the continuation of him always coming on and playing well for Brazil. In his first game, he really impressed with his incision and his finishing, both his head and on the floor.
“I’ve also seen him play on the wing for Brazil and play really well and because of his qualities in training, we can also imagine him playing as a second striker as well. He’s someone who’s really impressed me since coming into the team.”
A number of Everton fans took to Twitter following the game to praise the youngster:
The what happens when a Brazilian Prodigy is coached by Duncan Ferguson!— Paul Lewin (@SpiderLewin) 20 November 2018
Yasss Boss @richarlison97— LEON DUFFY (@MontagueStreet) 20 November 2018
Good header to score from there— Jonathan Blackburn (@JonB1878) 20 November 2018
Great header— Glen (@glenr76) 20 November 2018
Great header @richarlison97— paul (@rob3rts1975) 20 November 2018
what a header ⚽️— Jay Farish (@jayfarish10) 20 November 2018
Some fans, meanwhile, sarcastically made fun of the critics who baulked at the fee – reported as potentially rising to £50million – spent to prise him from the Hornets:
What a waste of money Lol COYB— Russell (@russellhayter) 21 November 2018
Waste of money. 21 year old international. What were we thinking?— danairey (@danairey) 21 November 2018
Ruined the transfer window, though.— Grab68 (@Grab68) 20 November 2018
Richarlison will now return to Everton ahead of Saturday’s Premier League home game with Cardiff City.