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Richarlison Everton shirt number revealed

Blues’ new forward has decided his number

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Everton earlier today completed the signing of Brazilian forward Richarlison from Watford FC for on a 5-year deal.

The winger will wear the #30 shirt for the Toffees, after previously wearing #11 for the Hornets and #18 for the Brazil youth side.

The number has been previously worn by the following players during the Premier League era at Everton - Mason Holgate (since 15/16), Antolín Alcaraz (14/15), Francisco Júnior (12/13), Shkodran Mustafi (11/12), John Ruddy (05/06 - 09/10), Nick Chadwick (01/02 - 03/04), Peter Clarke (00/01), Phil Jevons (97/98 - 98/99).

With Holgate the last player to wear the #30, is he switching to another number, or is something else going on behind the scenes?

Speaking at his signing today, the Brazilian winger said -

“I want to have a lot of success with Everton. I think it is going to be important for me here to be with Marco Silva again. I will learn more because I am still learning as a player and I aim to develop and grow here.

“Everton have put their faith in me and I intend to honour this shirt and demonstrate on the pitch why I came here.

“I’ve known the manager for a while obviously, so I know how he works.

“I developed really well with him while he was with me at Watford. It was really good working with him and one day I believe he can help me to be selected for Brazil in the full national team.

“But that is for the future and my present is here with Everton. I want my dreams to become a reality here at one of the biggest clubs in England.”