A signing that made few headlines over the summer was Watford’s capture of the young Brazilian forward Richarlison. However, the 20-year-old has made a fine start to his Premier League career, with five goals and four assists to his name already.
Richarlison’s performances and potential have not gone unnoticed by some of the Premier League’s heavyweights and The Express are reporting that Chelsea and Tottenham are set to battle it out for his signature.
Spurs have a dynamic attacking midfielder in the shape of Dele Alli, but if he is sold to Real Madrid, as The Express are suggesting, he would need to be replaced. Richarlison is a similar age, plays in a similar style, and certainly this season, has been more potent in front of goal. Mauricio Pochettino could see him as an ideal signing, someone to take the goalscoring burden away from Harry Kane.
Chelsea are perhaps a less obvious destination, but their heads may have been turned by Richarlison’s display against them at Stamford Bridge last month. The young Brazilian did miss two golden chances but was a constant threat, especially on the counter attack, and Chelsea struggled to deal with him. Antonio Conte has never seemed fully content with his attacking midfield options, so could Richarlison be the answer to his problems?
Despite fierce interest in the youngster, would Watford really be happy to sell Richarlison? He only arrived at the club in August, and the club’s fans and hierarchy may want to see a long-term return on their £11m investment. Furthermore, The Hornets look to be making a surprise challenge for a European place this season, and the loss of Richarlison would certainly damage their chances of achieving that goal.
Could we see yet another example of the bigger and richer clubs hoovering up the most exciting talent in the Premier League? Or will Richarlison stay put, and become a mainstay of the most talented Watford side that we have seen in the last thirty years?