There was a time of the season when Richarlison was living the dream in his first Premier League year. After joining Watford last summer, the Brazilian forward had a quick adaptation to English football, starting the season with five goals and four assists in the first 13 games.
But things changed a lot, not only for him, but for Watford in general. Manager Marco Silva, who was very close to the player, couldn’t keep the good form and ended up sacked, opening a spot for the arrival of Javi Gracia.
Now Richarlison hasn’t scored a goal since November, and has been showing clear signs of dissatisfaction with his form, constantly getting angry when he’s subbed off during the Hornets’ games.
After the 3-0 defeat against Arsenal this weekend, the striker spoke to ESPN Brasil. First asked about his form and chances to go to the World Cup with the Brazilian national team, Richarlison said: “Oh, I’m calm. Unfortunately, it happens. The manager changed. Today, Gomes was not called up. And he (the manager) comes with his proposal, comes with the players he wants, I respect his decisions.”
Richarlison was asked by reporter João Castelo Branco if it isn’t a bit strange that goalkeeper Gomes was left out of the team, and also showed he’s not happy with this decision: “Oh, for you to see, man. Such a respected guy at the club, and unfortunately, from one moment to the next, not being called up.
“It’s a little weird. I respect the staff’s decision a bit, but I think it would suit to give Gomes some respect, because he’s a guy who is an idol of Watford fans, and some respect would suit him.”
Gomes is a much loved figure within the Watford squad, with several players praising him during interviews. Richarlison specifically has spoken several times about the help Gomes has given him, and perhaps the annoyance is natural, but Gracia won’t be happy about his player speaking about it publicly.