The praise continues to pour in for Richarlison after his magnificent Everton debut in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Wolves.
The £40million signing from Watford put in a scintillating display of pace, power and skill to capture the hearts of Evertonians everywhere.
The 21-year-old’s two goals were not enough to secure the victory at Molineux but was thrilling enough to suggest he could become a firm crowd favourite this season.
As well as fans and pundits, Richarlison’s teammates have also been queuing to lavish praise on the young forward.
Defender Michael Keane insists he wasn’t surprised by Richarlison’s display - because he has witnessed it first hand in pre-season.
“Richarlison came up with a brilliant second goal… but we have seen him doing that sort of thing regularly in training
”He has shown us what he is capable of and his second goal was the result of his direct play.
He is a massive goal threat and showed that at the start of last season. He has started the same way for Everton and hopefully he can carry on producing performances of that quality.”
Speaking about the game Keane admits he has mixed feelings with the hard-earned point against Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
The Toffees were looking comfortable after Richarlison’s early opener but the game turned on its head when Phil Jagielka was controversially sent off.
The Toffees continued to look the better side despite having a man less but were left to rue a late equaliser that denied them all three points.
Keane, looking to bounce back this year after an uncomfortable first season at Goodison, put in a much-improved display.
The 25-year-old defended stoutly alongside Mason Holgate, who came on as a substitute following Jagielka’s dismissal despite only just returning from an achilles injury.
However, in a moment that perhaps sums up the former Burnley man’s Goodison career to date, Keane lost Raul Jimenez for a split second and the Mexican capitalised by latching onto Ruben Neves admittedly brilliant cross to head home the equaliser.
Speaking after the game Keane conceded the players had mixed feelings with the result but have plenty of positives to take from the performance.
“I think once we got the man sent off, if you had offered us a draw we might have taken it.
“But it was a shame we could not hang on after going back in front. I thought we dug in really well. To a man we worked really hard and on another day would have come away with three points.
“But you could not fault the lads for effort. We dug in and the draw was the least we deserved.”