Everton striker Richarlison may have only six appearances for the Brazilian national team, but he’s already fighting for a big role in the squad.
With three goals scored, he’s currently tied with Neymar as the top scorer since the World Cup. And now that the PSG star is out of the next few friendlies, the Toffees’ player could take that place alone.
Preparing for the friendlies against Panama and Czech Republic, the Everton has held a press conference this week, and talked about pursuing that role.
“Since when I first came, I came with the intention of being top scorer and scoring goals in every game,” Richarlison told the press (via Globo Esporte) “I am a guy who always seeks the goal and was called up just for scoring many goals for my club. I’m going to get this place with the Seleção shirt.”
Asked about the good time he’s been having in England, both for Watford and for Everton, Richarlison has talked about the importance of having someone like Marco Silva as his manager.
“For me, he was very important in my arrival. Even for being Portuguese, and I understand his speech. Because you often get there, find an English coach, and we don’t know English yet. So that helped me a lot in the adaptation. I’m a trustworthy guy, wherever he goes, I think he’ll take me. He trusts me, and I trust him. From the first call he made, when I was in Rio still. This relationship is very important. And I’m able to help him a lot on the pitch and contribute for what he’s doing for me.”
On his form at Everton, where he has 13 goals in 32 appearances this season, Richarlison said: “Firstly, I have to be well at my club to be called for the Copa America. I hope to continue growing and evolving there at my club to continue being called.”