Although Richarlison has made a promising start to his Premier League and Brazil career, the forward is far from being ready for a rumored move to Barcelona
Richarlison is quickly becoming one of the most famous names in England, so it’s to no one’s surprise, that the Everton star is being linked with a move to Barcelona, with the hope of succeeding Luis Suárez. But the 21-year old still has a long way to go, and is not yet ready for this career-changing transfer.
Richarlison is the beautiful surprise for all Brazil and Everton fans this season. I did not expect him to adapt so quickly to the Premier League, but last season at Watford, he showed how dangerous he can be when plying his trade under the tutelage of Marco Silva. The Brazilian was reunited with the Portuguese coach this season, to continue from where they left off.
The English Premier League has not traditionally been an attractive destination for top Brazilian footballers, but we’re witnessing a big change over the past few years. Juninho Paulista was the one who launched this new trend, and Richarlison is currently making sure that Brazilians are leaving their mark in England. The up and coming attacker has already scored 11 goals in all competitions this season, eight for Everton in the EPL, putting his name among the list of leading goal-scorers.
If Spanish reports were to be believed, Barcelona sees Richarlison as one of the main candidates to succeed the aging Luis Suárez. But the issue is that it is not yet clear whether Richarlison is better off playing as a winger or as a central striker. Pep Guardiola said he could play equally well, anywhere in attack, but his club manager Marco Silva seems to prefer him on the left flank, with the hope of landing a clinical central forward in January.
Richarlison still has room for improvement
Either way, Richarlison still has too many flaws in his game, to be ready for such a giant move, so early on in his career. This is his best league goal-scoring season yet, and he’s only banged in eight goals, which is far from enough to justify why he would be able to replicate the Uruguayan’s extraordinary numbers for the Catalan side.
It is true that Richarlison is very young but already playing top-flight football and impressing in arguably the best league in the world. The Everton footballer is always working hard and never hesitates to go into a challenge in order to regain possession. In other words, he is a talented Brazilian with high work-rate, who is ready to sacrifice himself tactically, for the great good of the unit. You can see why some of Europe’s biggest club will come knocking the door by the end of the season, with the hope of securing his services as soon as possible.
But for the time being, Richarlison is better off being the main figure at a top six Premier League side, which is constantly working on improving their ranking in the table. It is better for his development to stay where he is at least for another season, by the time he reaches a specific level of maturity and improves his decision-making skills. While Barcelona may be too big for the time being, a transfer to a higher-ranked English side like Arsenal may be seen as a step forward.