Fantasy Premier League

Silva link makes Richarlison Everton's pick

The Scout 25 Jul 2018
Richarlison, Everton

Brazilian's FPL potential is at a high after reuniting with a manager who knows how to get the best out of him

A move to Everton can bring Richarlison (£6.5m) back into Fantasy Premier League contention.

The Brazilian midfielder reunites with manager Marco Silva after the pair's successful stint together at Watford last season.

Richarlison claimed five goals and eight assists between Gameweeks 1-24 while Silva was in charge of the Hornets.

He was averaging 4.3 points per match (ppm) before his scores took a big dip following Silva's departure.

Richarlison played no further part in any of Watford's goals from Gameweek 25 onwards.

He got only 22 more points at an average of 1.6 ppm.

Top five goal threat

But the 21-year-old's goal threat remains high.

Richarlison fired 95 shots on goal in his debut season, the fourth-most in the Premier League.

Mohamed Salah (£13.0m) and Christian Eriksen (£9.5m) were the only midfielders to beat that with 144 and 97 respectively. 

Richarlison is also highly skilled at getting into dangerous positions. 

He had 17 big chances last season, the fourth-most among midfielders.

A big chance is regarded as a situation where the player receiving a pass is expected to score.

It suggests that more goals are to come in 2018/19.

Richarlison v Everton midfielders
  Richarlison Sigurdsson  Walcott Bolasie 
Mins/shot 29.8 58.0 64.0 44.9
Mins/shot in box 38.2 141.4 76.0 61.0
Mins/big chance 166.3 754.0 243.2  427.0

Richarlison made an immediate impact at Watford and he could well do the same again at Everton.

Eight of the Toffees' opening nine matches score three or less in the Fixture Difficulty Ranking (FDR).

Everton's first nine Gameweeks
GW Opponent Venue FDR
1 Wolves A 2
2 Southampton H 2
3 AFC Bournemouth A 3
4 Huddersfield Town H 2
5 West Ham H 2
6 Arsenal A 4
7 Fulham H 2
8 Leicester A 3
9 Crystal Palace H 2

Richarlison is expected to play on the left wing of a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Gylfi Sigurdsson (£7.5m) and Theo Walcott (£6.5m) in the other advanced midfield positions.

But of the three, it is Richarlison's goal threat and output under Silva that can make him Everton's go-to attacker from the start of 2018/19.

See: The Scout on new FPL players

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