Watford FC scout report: All you need to know about Hornets target Richarlison
Watford have agreed a deal to sign Brazil starlet Richarlison. Find out all you need to know about the 20-year-old forward below in talkSPORT’s scout report…
Full name: Richarlison de Andrade
Date of birth: 10 May 1997 (age 20)
Place of birth: Nova Venecia, Brazil
Height: 1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)
Team: Fluminense (38 apps / 10 goals)
National team: Brazil Under-20s (10 apps / 3 goals)
Who is he?
A 20-year-old attacker from Brazil, Richarlison started his career in the youth systems of Real Noroeste and America Mineiro, before making his first-team debut for the latter in July 2015. After scoring nine goals in 24 games for America, he sealed a £2m move to Fluminense in Brazil’s top flight.
He has played 38 times for Fluminense, scoring 10 goals and creating four more in both league football and the Copa Sudamericana. Since making his debut for Brazil Under-20s in September 2016, Richarlison has netted three goals in 10 games, and earned impressive reviews playing eight of nine games at the 2017 U20 South American Championship.
His performances for both club and country have seen Richarlison linked with a move to Europe. Ajax, Chelsea and Manchester United have been tracking the youngster with a view to prise him away from his homeland, but it emerged on Monday that Watford have wrapped up his signing.
What they say:
Abel Braga, Fluminense head coach: “He is a very good player, an aggressive striker. The best place [for him] is Fluminense; here he is well, here he has affection, the fans like him, his colleagues love him, he is a guy who dedicates himself. Here he will be able to have a rise and learn better.”
Able to play upfront or on either wing, Richarlison has frequently appeared on the left wing this season for both club and country. Technically gifted with both feet and physically able to compete with the biggest players, the 20-year-old certainly seems to have all the qualities needed to transition from Brazilian football to the European game.
He has a keen understanding of space and how to utilise his body to overcome opponents. His ability to win the ball and turn away from a defender in one movement is exceptional, and ensures he is always one step ahead of the opposition defence.
If facing up to and running at opponents, Richarlison is skilful enough to beat players with the ball at his feet, though he does try too hard to beat players when an easier option is on the cards.
Areas to improve:
As previously mentioned, Richarlison’s main problem is one shared by numerous young attackers – his decision making. Skilled enough to get into wonderful positions, the 20-year-old will often waste a chance shooting at goal when a pass to a teammate is the wiser option. He especially favours shooting across the face of goal from a wide position when a cut-back would almost certainly lead to a goal.
Furthermore, he tries too hard to beat opposing players using his exceptional skill rather than keeping play simple. He is fine when making his way past one or two members of the opposition, but often runs into trouble when more defenders descend upon him