Marco Silva’s sacking could see Richarlison exit too
These are uncertain times at Goodison Park at the moment, as it seems the axe is dangling precariously over Marco Silva’s head. If the Everton board were to sack the 41-year-old, then it may also mean that Brazilian forward Richarlison follows him out the door. Silva brought Richarlison with him from Watford in the summer during a time where hope did spring eternal, but after a barren and cold winter that has produced nothing but misery for Everton’s boss, there is a real feeling that anything the Portuguese manager has built is in serious danger of unravelling.
It wouldn’t be terribly unfair to describe Marco Silva as an opportunist, given how he quickly he acted once he heard that Everton were keen on taking him from Watford. Ask any Watford fan what they may think of him and opportunist would undoubtedly be the nicest thing they could muster. It looks as if the shoe is now on the other foot, after a wretched return to Watford in a losing cause and really, Silva’s stock is sinking with every inept performance and there’s no doubt Richarlison is also monitoring the situation very closely as well.
Silva has been somewhat of a mentor to Richarlison, as the Brazilian continues to build a career in England but it does seem the two very much come together as a package at this moment in time. Reports are that AC Milan are keen on a move for the 21-year-old and that is on top of the reported interest from Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, and even PSG. If a bid were to materialize and Silva was to be long gone by the summer, then it wouldn’t be a surpirse to see Richarlison’s camp beginning to manufacture a move away from Goodison Park.
There isn’t a great deal of loyalty left in football these days and ironically enough, Silva and Richarlison have shown that after wanting away from Vicarage Road less than a year ago. Richarlison has already said he wants to play in the Champions League, and with the Toffees at odds of 350/1 in the Premier League betting to finish inside the top six, it seems that this dream is not going to happen with Everton this season.
The Brazilian hasn’t exactly set the Premier League alight this season, with ten goals in 25 appearances, but there’s no doubt he is a serious player and one of the standouts of the Blue’s squad. His three goals in six games for Brazil also suggests that he’s ready to begin making a name for himself with the Samba boys.
It seems that a few of Europe’s biggest clubs know that as well, and will try to test Everton’s resolve with a bid in the summer. Without Silva at the helm, fans will be fearing that Richarlison may feel his time is up with a line of suitors waiting to whisk him away.
Should this happen, then the positive aspect of the scenario is that a substantial amount of money would have to change hands for Richarlison to leave, and that means having a warchest to use to find his replacement. All things considered, a fresh new start could actually benefit the club as a whole should Silva depart and a clearout take place, even if it does mean saying goodbye to a player that is likely to have a glittering career.