Barcelona eye Premier star to replace Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez has been one of the top strikers of the recent time but with him entering his 30s it might be a good time to start looking into potential replacements.

People raised eyebrows when Premier League minnows Watford shelled out around £13m to bring Richarlison from the Brazilian league. Two years down the line, Barcelona are looking at him to potentially replace Luis Suarez. This proves Marco Silva’s trust in the youngster and also the kid’s talent. Safe to say, he would not be the only Brazilian from Premier League to join the Catalan side.


Richarlison…Barca’s new No.9?

The newest edition of the rumour mill suggests that Barcelona might be looking at Richarlison. The 21-year-old might be headed south as the heir to the mercurial Luis Suarez. But this might only happen if the Blaugrana fail to land Harry Kane. However, Everton might not be happy with the supposed interest in their superstar considering they paid £40m last summer. The Toffees would be looking to hold on to the Brazilian for a season or two more to remain on course to achieving their long-term targets. Only a cheque with a hefty figure might push the Merseysiders to consider it as an option.

A tactical view

Initially, Richarlison typically played on the left wing and formed a good partnership with the left back. But Marco Silva has moved him to a more central role with Bernard and Walcott playing on either side. Individual brilliance alone, however, won’t get you 30 goals a season. Being able to score tap-ins and scrappy goals are just as important to top the scoring charts.

The youngster has the knack of being in the right place at the right time. This was demonstrated when he scored his first Everton goal on his debut against Wolves. His Goodison Park debut would not disappoint either as Richarlison got Everton’s second and ultimately winning goal of the game, this time utilising his heading ability. Richarlison’s finishing abilities in differing situations and his ability to find space in the box make him a serious goal threat for Everton’s opponents.

Marco Silva’s Everton side endlessly attempted to disrupt their opposition out of possession. This is done by constantly applying intense pressure on the ball carrier while the remaining players cut off short passing lanes. The system is physically demanding of all players and one playing failing his duties might open avenues for the opposition to capitalise. The trust placed by the Portuguese indicates that the attacker rarely faults in carrying out the unglamorous instructions.

Author’s take

Though there might not be any substance to the speculation. Barcelona might be the sort of club to come calling if Richarlison continues his development. If Suarez’s numbers drop in the coming seasons, there might be a just be another Brazilian headed from Merseyside to Catalunya.

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