Wolves 2-2 Everton: Premier League new boys hit back to deny ten-man Toffees twice

11 Aug

Wolves’ return to the Premier League began with a 2-2 draw as they twice battled back to earn a point against 10-man Everton at Molineux.

Debutant Richarlison, Everton’s club-record signing, scored a goal in each half either side of Ruben Neves’ equaliser from a free-kick, awarded after Phil Jagielka was shown a straight red card late in the first half.

Richarlison enjoyed a superb debut

It looked like Wolves’ first home Premier League match for six years would end in disappointment, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s team replied again 10 minutes from time as Raul Jimenez capped a fine individual display with a headed goal.

Everton edged ahead after 17 minutes. Leighton Baines swung a lefted-foot free-kick into the penalty area and Willy Boly’s attempt at a headed clearance hit a wall of players. When the ball dropped, Richarlison was on hand to finish from inside the six-yard box.

Neves was involved in both Wolves goals

Jagielka was sent off after 40 minutes. A loose touch from a routine pass along the back line from fellow centre-half Michael Keane left Jagielka having to stretch to challenge Diogo Jota.

From the resulting free-kick, which was taken almost four minutes later after Everton had protested against the decision and boss Marco Silva had substituted Gylfi Sigurdsson to bring on Mason Holgate, Neves produced a piece of brilliance, curling a righted-foot shot into the top corner from 22 yards out.

Richarlison scored his second goal after 67 minutes, using Conor Coady as a screen as he curled a low shot from the left side of the area around the Wolves defender and into the far bottom corner of the net, beyond Patricio’s desperate dive.

Jagielka saw red

Everton looked happy to try to hold on to their lead and for the first time Wolves looked like they had a man advantage. Last season’s Championship title winners built up the pressure and were rewarded after 80 minutes.

Neves turned provider this time, floating a lovely deep cross over the head of Keane for Jimenez to attack and score with a downward header into the bottom corner.

‘Worth every penny’ – Everton fans rave about £50m signing Richarlison after debut goal against Wolves

11 Aug

With a huge price-tag, comes huge responsibility.

Everton turned many heads when they paid £50m for Richarlison, with questions raised over his goalscoring record.

Richarlison celebrates his first Everton goal

The Brazilian experienced a six-month drought at the end of his Watford career.

However, he instantly provided a resounding answer to those questions with a debut goal for his new club against Wolves.

That led some Evertonians on Twitter to suggest he has already repaid the transfer fee:

Watford forward Richarlison passes medical ahead of ‘£40million-plus move’ to Everton

24 Jul

Everton are set to sign Brazilian forward Richarlison in a £40million-plus deal after the Watford man passed his medical with the Merseyside club.

Richarlison is set to join Everton from Watford

The 21-year-old arrived at the Toffees’ Finch Farm training ground on Monday for tests.

It is understood the final paperwork of the deal is being completed, and the move could be announced as soon as Tuesday.

Richarlison will become Everton’s first signing of the summer and will be reunited with manager Marco Silva, who was in charge at Watford when they signed him from Fluminense last summer.

The Brazilian scored five times in his opening 12 Premier League matches last season but did not find the net again following Silva’s sacking in January.

READ MORE: Sam Allardyce sends warning to Everton over rumoured £50m Richarlison deal

At the time Watford cited the destabilising effect of an approach by Everton, who originally wanted the Portuguese to replace Ronald Koeman.

The two clubs’ relationship has still not been fully restored but the fact they are willing to do business over Richarlison – for whom they will make almost a £30 profit in 12 months having bought him from Fluminense last summer – suggests things have improved.

With recruitment finally under way the new Toffees boss has to start trimming down a bloated squad.

So far only striker Wayne Rooney and reserve goalkeeper Joel Robles have departed permanently.

But with Silva keen to bring in more players, with an interest in Barcelona left-back Lucas Digne, more of the 33-strong squad will have to be culled.

Sam Allardyce warns Everton over £50m Richarlison deal – ‘They’re buying potential – but that’s not what fans want’

23 Jul

Sam Allardyce has sent a warning to Everton over their rumoured £50million deal to sign Watford’s Richarlison.

The former Toffees boss has told talkSPORT the Goodison Park faithful won’t be satisfied with ‘signing potential’ this summer.

The 21-year-old Brazilian forward is believed to be in Merseyside for his medical with the Toffees, ahead of his big-money move from the Hornets.

Richarlison only moved to Vicarage Road last summer in an £11m deal from Fluminense.

He impressed initially, scoring five goals and putting in a run of dazzling displays early on in the season, before his form dropped dramatically and was in and out of the team for the remainder of the campaign.

He made 41 appearances for Watford last season, but failed to add to his tally of five goals between August and November.

Richarlison impressed with five goals early in the season for Watford, but failed to score again in the rest of the campaign

READ MORE: ‘Richarlison is worth £50m’, former Everton striker tells talkSPORT

Allardyce believes new Everton boss Marco Silva – who was in charge at Watford when Richarlison signed – must have seen something in the player to prompt such a big transfer fee.

But Big Sam believes the Blues would be better off spending the money on a ready-made player who can help them fight for European football.

Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Allardyce said: “They’re buying potential and obviously the manager believes he can realise that potential because he worked with him.

“He burst onto the scene absolutely brilliantly last season. Watching his performance away at Chelsea, everybody was standing up saying, ‘what a player this is’.

“But then Silva left and he was in and out of the team and didn’t progress.

Everton manager Marco Silva wants to bring his former Watford star to Goodison Park

“Everybody has seen the drop off since Silva left or maybe slightly before he left, but he has worked with him first hand and on a daily basis, so he’s backing his own judgement.

“He must see the potential in him. Today £50milion is the going rate for potential, especially on the front line and if the player has goals in him.

“But what I would be careful about is if you’re saying you’re buying potential, Everton fans don’t want potential.

“They want the absolutely first class player now, to play now to try and rival their big rivals down the road and try and get into Europe.

“So if you’re buying Richarlison as a future player, that’s not what Everton fans want to see. They want to see the team right up there fighting with the best and fighting for the top four.”

Everton transfer news: Watford forward Richarlison begins medical ahead of £50m move to Goodison Park

23 Jul

Richarlison has begun his Everton medical ahead of a proposed transfer from Watford, according to reports.

The Brazilian forward, who moved to England from his homeland last summer, is set to join the Goodison Park club for a fee in the region of £50million.

Richarlison head turned by Arsenal interest (Daily Express)
Richarlison starred for Watford at the beginning of the season before fading in 2018

He will reunite with Marco Silva, who brought the 21-year-old to Vicarage Road while Watford manager this time last year.

Richarlison impressed for the Hornets in his first few months in English football, scoring five goals and creating a further four in the first 13 games of the season. However, his form faltered after helping Watford to a 3-0 defeat of Newcastle in November, with just one further assist recorded in the final 25 Premier League fixtures.

By the end of the campaign, under current Watford manager Javi Gracia, Richarlison had even been dropped from the starting XI, though he did end the season having appeared in every single league match.

Richarlison will reunite with former Watford manager Silva at Goodison Park

The former Brazil Under-20 international featured in Watford’s first pre-season match – a 1-1 draw with Koln – but he was not selected to take part in the Hornets’ 3-1 defeat of Dusseldorf, played on Saturday afternoon.

Though he was pictured at Watford’s training camp in Austria that day, it appears he has now left their camp to undergo his medical with Everton, with Sky Sports saying the tests are under way.

Everton interested in signing Watford ace Richarlison this summer

6 Jul

Everton are interested in signing Watford star Richarlison this summer, according to reports.

Richarlison, the forward, enjoyed a prosperous debut season in English football after he arrived at Vicarage Road form his homeland of Brazil.

Richarlison enjoyed a great start to the season before fading in the second half

His most productive spell in Hertfordshire came when Marco Silva, the new Everton manager, was in charge of Watford. Richarlison scored five goals and created a further four by the middle of November, and was earning admiring glances from Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea, but in the second half of the campaign the 21-year-old failed to record another single goal action.

Silva is reported to have spoken to Richarlison to convince him to turn down Ajax to instead join Watford, and now the Watford Observer report that Silva wants to reunite with the Brazil youngster at Goodison Park.

Marcel Brands, Everton’s sporting director, is said to back the move for Richarlison, though Watford are not likely to considering opening talks with the Toffees for their forward considering the fallout over Silva’s move to Merseyside.

Watford are unlikely to entertain talks from Everton due to Silva’s appointment as manager

The Hornets reported Everton to the Premier League for making an illegal approach for the Portuguese when he was still in charge of Watford, with Silva eventually sacked after a pronounced downturn in form.

Silva has since been hired by Everton, and the two clubs are engaged in a dispute over compensation that has to be paid to Watford.