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BRAZILIAN BLEND: Richarlison (left) celebrates

BIG MONEY Richarlison got his Everton career off to an ideal start, scoring twice as 10-man Everton were held by Wolves at Molineux (August 11).

The Brazilian was making his first competitive start since his reported £50 million move from Watford in the summer, a fee which had raised some eyebrows, but Everton boss Marco Silva was quick to defend the transfer.

Silva said: “It’s not important, the money, and it’s not important to be talking every time about the money.

“If one club like us pay that it is because it’s the value in the market.”

Richarlison put Everton ahead after 18 minutes, with the ball falling right at his feet to be prodded home after Wolves defender Willy Boly headed against Michael Keane attempting to clear from a free kick.

Everton were reduced to 10 men just before half time after Phil Jagielka saw a straight red for a lunge on Diego Jota, a decision which Silva disagreed with.

He said: “It looks a really harsh decision in that moment. In the first moment he didn’t give the foul but then in the next he gave the foul and the red card.”

To make matters worse for the Toffees, Wolves equalized from the resulting free kick as Ruben Nevez scored with a curling shot that England hero Jordan Pickford could do nothing about, despite getting his fingertips to the ball.

Despite having the extra man, Wolves struggled to make their advantage count early in the second half, before Everton capitalisied on some slack Wolves defending and some good play down their left.

Richarlison was put in on goal by Tosun, with the Brazilian placing the ball into the opposite corner of Rui Patricio’s net, showing the kind of talent that made Silva splash the cash to sign him from former club Watford.

Wolves managed to rally though, and found an equalizer through Raul Jimenez, who headed past Pickford and into the bottom corner of the goal after being picked out by Nevez from the left wing.

Richarlison eventually made way for fellow Everton debutant Lucas Digne, but his performance earned the praise of his manager.

The Everton boss added: “It’s a fantastic start for him, the boy I took from Brazil and we did everything we did to sign him for our club, fantastic start now with two goals and it’s important that he works a lot again, fantastic work fantastic behaviour.”

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