Watford striker Richarlison may have just arrived in England, but already has a lot to tell about Premier League managers. Especially Marco Silva.
The 20-year-old, who signed for the Hornets last month in a €12.4m deal from Fluminense, didn’t need much time to adapt, having scored in his second league game.
What certainly helped is that Watford’s manager is Portuguese, so the player didn’t have any problems communicating with the boss and understanding his instructions.
Richarlison spoke to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo on Tuesday, and praised Silva a lot. He was even asked if the manager has the potential to succeed José Mourinho one day, and said: “Sure enough, he has a lot of capacity for it. His professionalism delighted me. We can expect that Marco will be among the best coaches in the world very soon.”
The youngster gave the reasons that make Silva so special for him: “We have a very good relationship. When the players don’t understand the tactical part, for example, he takes one by one and explains what he wants. He prioritises the tactical part. Some days ago he took me to his office, told me everything that I needed to hear. This helped me very, very much. When I go on the pitch I remember his words in that conversation.”
Last weekend, the striker had already spoken to Goal Brasil, and commented on his Watford chant, even though he doesn’t understand it much: “I still don’t know, but they say my name several times. I need to grab Gomes to try and find out exactly what the fans are singing.”
If getting on the good side of Marco Silva is a sure way to guarantee success at Watford, then Richarlison is on the right path.