Watford have continued their strong pre-season with the signing of Brazil U20 star Richarlison, from Brazilian Serie A club Fluminense.
Subject to a medical, RealSport understands that the Hornets are set to complete the signing for a fee of £13 million, tying the Brazilian down to a five-year contract at Vicarage Road.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Watford new boy.
Born on the 10th May 1997 in Nova Venecia, Brazil, Richarlison is a young winger who started his professional career at America Mineiro in 2015.
He made 24 appearances for the club, scoring nine goals, before sealing a move to Brazilian giants Fluminese in 2016 for £2 million.
Since his arrival, he has played 60 games in all competitions for the side, scoring 15 times. Richarlison has played for Brazil’s U20 side on 10 occasions, scoring three goals, earning impressive reviews for his performances in the U20 South American Championship.
Why have Watford signed him?
Yet another wonderkid off the Brazilian production line, Richarlison is your typical Brazilian footballer. Skilful and quick, the youngster can frighten any defence. He also possesses a good level of strength and should cope with the physicality of the Premier League.
“He is a very good player, an aggressive striker… He is a guy who dedicates himself.” Abel Braga, Fluminense head coach.
He was rumoured to have been tracked by Chelsea, Manchester United, Ajax and both Milan clubs, so the Watford faithful will rightly be excited that they appear to have won the race for his signature.
Richarlison is extremely adept at holding up the ball, able to bring others into play or set off on his own. He has wonderful dribbling ability and uses his body to great effect, and has the skill to shield the ball and turn away from opponents.
The 20-year-old can play on either wing, or as a striker and his goal rate -averaging one in four for Fluminese- is impressive considering his age and the fact he isn't an out-and-out striker.
Richarlison shows good composure for a youngster when faced with a scoring chance and has excellent technique with both feet, which should see him become a goalscoring force for Watford as well.
Areas to improve
Despite having the physicality to cope with the Premier League, Richarlison will need to improve on his decision-making. He often chooses the wrong option when deciding whether to pass or dribble, which can see moves break down.
However he is still a youngster, so this inconsistency can be expected, but must be afforded the time and patience to develop. Under Marco Silva, a manager known for his in-game discipline, such mistakes can be eradicated.
A club in need of a bit of magic and spark, Richarlison brings that with him from Brazil.
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