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Richarlison settling in well at Everton

Veteran fullbacks give new signing the thumbs-up

Blackburn Rovers v Everton - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Everton’s first signing of the summer transfer window came with a lot of hype and a hefty pricetag, but his skill and workrate is already winning over critics, fans and teammates alike.

Richarlison played the second half against Blackburn Rovers midweek and then started over the weekend at Renne, putting in impressive shifts in both appearances. His direct running has already been causing opponents problems and he has been strong tracking back as well on the left wing.

Veteran leftback Leighton Baines has been thrilled by what he’s seen in front of him already, with this comment in an interview ahead of the trip to France.

“I think we saw against Blackburn more than a couple of glimpses of what he’s all about. He’s got fantastic quality, we saw that last year in the Premier League, we’ve seen that already in his couple of days of training and playing half a game with us, so we look forward to seeing more of him.

“I enjoyed that 45 minutes playing with him. He was always available, he can go alone if he needs to, and he’s got an eye for a pass so he’s definitely someone who you can combine with. We managed to link up together a couple of times against Blackburn.

“He seems to have settled in well and, if you are judging by what we’ve seen on the pitch, then you’d say he has done.”

Another senior member of the squad Seamus Coleman was equally enthused by the Brazilian winger after the Rennes game, saying to evertontv -

“He is a great signing and has been great in training. He puts in a shift [which is vital]. We have to make sure when we sign these players that they understand what Everton is about, they work hard and put in a shift for the team.

“In the couple of games he has played he has tracked back, worked hard and got involved. And he scored a goal tonight which is important.

“We all need to work hard to get the results. That is everyone in the team, not just the defenders.”

The Irishman hit the nail on the head here, saying exactly what fans have been asking for years now, and also showing why he needs to be the captain of the Blues this season.