Watford has completed the signing of Brazilian forward Richardlison from Fluminense for a reported £13 million and the player already passed his medical and now is awaiting the work permit ahead of his move to Vicarage Road.
Richarlison bagged five goals and created three assists in 14 matches for his former side last season, and he will add more quality and competition to the Hornets attack.
Although his primary position is a centre-forward, the 20-year-old can play equally well as a left and right winger, which will come quite handy because Watford currently lacks left wingers in the squad.
He likes to cut inside from the left flank and also likes to dribble, but what is a special thing with him is that he uses both feet, which makes him more dangerous comparing to one-footed players.
Excellent long-term option
Although he’s not expected to make the starting eleven and become a key player at Vicarage Road instantly, the Brazilian is an excellent long-term option, and after his adaptation to the Premier League and English style of football, there is no doubt he will become a vital player for the Hornets.
At the moment, Watford have Troy Deeney, Stefano Okaka, Mauro Zarate, and Jerome Sinclair in the attack, while Nordin Amrabat and Isaac Success are playing on the wings. It seems that Richarlison could take the left-wing role rather than be deployed as a centre-forward, where captain Deeney has a guaranteed place.
The newly-appointed head coach, Marco Silva, prefers to play with one striker up front, but Zarate, Okaka, and Sinclair combined for only four Premier League goals last year, so Richarlison could have a decent chance to lead the line when Deeney is unavailable.
Sixth signing of the summer
Richarlison became Watford’s sixth signing this summer after the arrivals of goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann from Stoke City, right-back Kiko Femenia from Alaves, and midfielders Tom Cleverley, Nathaniel Chalobah, and Will Hughes, from Everton, Chelsea, and Derby County, respectively.
Richarlison began his career at America Mineiro in 2015 and recorded nine goals and four assists in 24 games before he moved to Fluminense in 2016.
In two seasons at Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Richarlison scored ten goals and added five assists, and also appeared in ten matches for Brazil U20 side, scoring three goals so far.