Richarlison has commented on his first season at Everton which culminated in him winning the Young Player of the Year award and made a pledge to the club's fans that he will do his best to get even more goals next term.
The Brazil international joined the Toffees from fellow Premier League club Watford in July 2018 for a transfer fee starting at £35million and potentially rising to £50million (BBC Sport).
Richarlison was reunited with ex-Hornets boss Marco Silva and, on his competitive debut on 11 August against Wolverhampton Wanderers, he scored twice in a 2–2 draw.
Richarlison was thus named Young Player of the Season at The Dixies, Everton's end-of-season awards, christened in homage to the legendary Dixie Dean, who scored 383 goals in 433 appearances.
In conversation with the official Toffees website, the Brazilian said: "It is a great honour to receive a prize named after such a great goalscorer. I want to score lots of goals like Dixie Dean. He is a role model for all us attackers. It is really important to receive this prize in his name."
Richarlison then spoke of the fans, saying: "I am really happy to win this award, especially as it is recognition from the fans. I try to give back to them by working every day I wear this shirt. I want to score even more goals next season and come back even better."
Some Everton fans took to Twitter to express their delight at having such a great player in their ranks:
Loyalty at last from a class act ... love you la coyb— John Kerrigan (@Johnkerrigan187) 16 May 2019
he’s an absolute star in the making!— Trev Malco’ (@trevor_p_malco) 15 May 2019
I hope he stays but is that like kissing the badge and then getting a transfer there is no loyalty in football these days— Rob Furness (@j1efc) 15 May 2019
Awwwww mate— captainfriendzone (@captainfriendz1) 15 May 2019
let’s hope he stays for a couple seasons and doesn’t leave when a bigger club comes knocking— shit (@CuntyIwan) 15 May 2019
I love you richy— d (@dom1878) 15 May 2019
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