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Silva points to Pickford rise in defence of Richarlison fee


Marco Silva

Marco Silva

Marco Silva

Everton manager Marco Silva has defended the club's transfer business after criticism they overpaid for Brazilian winger Richarlison.

Silva returned to former club Watford to make the 21-year-old his first signing in a £40m deal in late July.

That drew some scrutiny as the player scored just five times in 41 appearances in his one season at Vicarage Road and did not find the net after late November.

But Silva - whose side travel to Wolves today - said there were similar noises a year ago when Everton spent £30m on a then 23-year-old Jordan Pickford, who went on to become England's first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup.

"I can speak about what happened one year ago when we took Jordan Pickford and everyone was talking about it," said the Portuguese. "Now no one is talking about his value.

"If the player will perform well and do the best to achieve our goals, at the end no one will speak about the price."

Everton signed Bernard and Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes - on loan - on deadline day, but none of the trio will be considered for the trip to Molineux.

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