Everton Splash the Cash on Richarlison
After a summer of spending this time last year, Everton are continuing to splash the cash as they look to catch up with the top six in the Premier League. Their latest signing is the 21 year old attacking midfielder Richarlison, who joins after a very good season with Watford last season. The deal for him could eventually cost Everton £50 million if the reports are to be believed. It is thought that they have signed him for an initial £35 million, with clauses to take that up to £50 million in the future.
This is another big money signing for Everton, although some fans may questions why they have felt the need to buy yet another attacking minded midfielder. Much of the Romelu Lukaku money was spent on that position, and they have now spent some more on a new player. Competition for places is very tough going forward, and it would be no surprise to see a player or two leave Everton before the season begins as boss Marco Silva is unlikely to be able to keep everyone happy.
Silva is no stranger to Richarlison, he was the manager of Watford when he signed the player back in 2017. That deal only cost Silva £11.5 million, but he clearly sees enough in Richarlison to make this big money move and reunite with him. We saw the Brazilian score five times in his first 12 games for Watford, but he hasn't found the net since which will be a slight concern for Evertonians looking at the deal. However, he has a clean slate with Everton, and although the big price tag also brings expectations, this could be what he needs.
Everton Face Tough Opening Day Trip to Wolves
When the new season kicks off, Everton face a tough trip on the opening day. They travel to Wolves in a game that will be televised live as it is the evening kick off. Wolves are newly promoted and will want to win this to get off to a good start, and they are the favourites for the game. Wolves can be backed at 13/10, while Everton are 2/1 despite facing one of the newcomers. Looking further afield, the top four looks to be a step too far right now but if you think the Richarlison signing can push Everton further forward this season then they can be backed at 20/1 to make the top four.
After bringing in a number of players last season, Everton are continuing to invest in their squad and eventually they will want to see a return. While catching the top six may be a tough ask, eventually this will be expected and that will put pressure on boss Marco Silva to deliver.
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