Everton's Richarlison hopes to perform pigeon dance soon as he seeks a flying start

Sport360 staff 20:53 08/08/2018
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Richarlison hopes to be pigeon dancing for the Everton fans very soon as he targets a flying start to his Toffees career.

The Brazilian forward has linked up with boss Marco Silva again after a £40million move from Watford and should make his Everton debut against Wolves on Saturday.

It is not just on the pitch where Richarlison likes to show off nifty footwork, and he will stick to his social media promise to Everton fans to strut his stuff should he find the net.

The 21-year-old said: “I’m hoping to score my first goal and do the dance that I promised, the pigeon dance, so I look forward to it and it’s good that the fans are waiting for it.”

Richarlison could soon have a new dancing partner, with Everton heavily linked with a move for Colombian defender Yerry Mina from Barcelona.

“Yerry Mina’s a great guy, and he’s also a great dancer,” said Richarlison. “When he played for Palmeiras he’d always celebrate with a dance. We became friends and I speak to him regularly. I’ve not asked him any questions about his future, that’s an issue for his people to deal with.”

Richarlison would also welcome the signing of his countryman Bernard, who is a free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk and is reportedly close to completing a move to Everton.

Richarlison would welcome the signing of Yerry Mina.

Richarlison would welcome the signing of Yerry Mina.

“Bernard is a great player for the Brazilian national team and I also followed his progress with Atletico Mineiro,” said Richarlison. “I don’t know anything at the moment but, if he were to come here, he’d be very welcome and he would help the team a great deal. And he’s also a great guy.”

Speaking through an interpreter, Richarlison laid out his hopes for the season at Goodison Park.

He said: “I’m really happy to be here at this big club. It was a childhood dream to play in the Premier League and I’m going to give my best for Everton so we can achieve great things. Last season we finished eighth so I think we should be coming higher and have a wonderful Premier League season.

“I’m a calm person. I know my responsibilities but I will show it on the field and with time the fans will see the effort I’m putting in, giving my everything on a day-to-day basis. I intend to work hard, score goals, create assists and help the team in everything I do.”

There are a lot of expectations from the former Watford man.

There are a lot of expectations from the former Watford man.

Richarlison made a superb start to life in the Premier League after swapping Fluminense for Watford, scoring five goals in his first 12 games.

But he did not find the net again for the Hornets, whose season was disrupted by an unwelcome approach from Everton for boss Silva, who was subsequently sacked.

Richarlison believes the relationship can prove fruitful again, saying: “I’m really happy to be working with Marco Silva again, it’s a real pleasure. I’ve always played well under Marco Silva and I get on very well with him.

“He’s a great coach and I understand him. Whenever there’s something I want more information about, something I could do better, I’ll go to his office and we have this dialogue, which helps me on the pitch.”

Much is expected of the young Brazilian, who has been compared by former midfielder Jamie Redknapp to Cristiano Ronaldo.

Richarlison said: “I’m really happy with that comparison but I’m merely Richarlison and obviously Cristiano Ronaldo has achieved so much – Champions Leagues, Premier Leagues, and he’s a great person to model yourself on.”

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