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Praise for Everton’s two star forwards

Manager commends Sigurdsson and Richarlison for their great form

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Richarlison with Gylfi Sigurdsson
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Two games into the new Premier League season and two of the most expensive players in Everton history are living up to their hefty pricetags so far.

Richarlison scored a brace in the season opener at Wolverhampton Wanderers to get named Man of the Match, and added another against Southampton this last weekend as well.

Meanwhile, Gylfi Sigurdsson controlled the last game against the Saints in the manner Blues have been waiting to see since he joined Everton last season. The Iceland international created six chances while running 11.1km, easily the most of any player on the pitch on Saturday.

Manager Marco Silva has noticed, and complimented both players, starting with the #10 who he’d taken off in the first game after just forty minutes following club captain Phil Jagielka getting sent off.

“He was fantastic. I saw him really enjoying the game both because of what he was doing on the ball, and because he did fantastic without the ball, too.

“It was important to grow his confidence. He prepared himself for everything, he prepared his body and mind, and he works during the week.

“He had some fantastic moments, we played good football and normally Gylfi was there.

”With the ball, of course, he is a player with high quality, and when he can find the right space – and he did in the last game – he can be decisive and do something important for us.

“And he created moments between the lines, moments to cross or pass the ball for his teammates at the right times.”

For his Brazilian winger, Silva added -

“It is not a surprise for me [how well he has started].

“We know he can score in important moments but it is also everything he can do for us as a squad, how he can support the team with the ball and without the ball.”

Everton will need both Sigurdsson and Richarlison to continue to fire on all cylinders for the Blues to maintain the good start they’re on.