One journalist feels that Everton were smart in their acquisition of Neal Maupay, as he “gives them a lot of what they lost” in Richarlison.
Richarlison was long one of the Toffees’ most important assets. The Brazilian finished as the top scorer in three of his four seasons at the club.
Indeed, he bagged 53 goals in 152 games, as well as providing 14 assists. For a good deal of Richarlison’s time at the club, Everton did reasonably well.
In 2018/19 – his first season – the Toffees finished in eighth place. They finished 12th the following campaign, and then bounced back into the top half, finishing 10th the next term.
However, last season was a poor one by Everton’s standards. They finished 16th, and Richarlison was the only player to hit double figures for goals – something he did each season he did while at Goodison Park.
As such, it seemed as if he had exceeded the level of the club, and he made a move to Tottenham over the summer.
Naturally, replacing a player with the scoring record of Richarlison’s would be hard.
Everton were linked with a number of strikers during the summer transfer window. Moves for Ben Brereton Diaz and Che Adams were mooted, though nothing came of the reported interest in those men.
Instead, Frank Lampard decided to swoop for Brighton forward Maupay. Journalist Paul Brown thinks that the decision to bring him to the club was a good one.
“I think we’ll see goals from Maupay and he’ll be an important signing for them. I think he gives them a lot of what they lost when Richarlison left, very similar qualities, and I don’t think it’s a bad signing at all,” he told GIVEMESPORT.
Maupay an apt replacement
While he might not quite be on the same level as Richarlison, Maupay is a good replacement. In comparison to the Brazilian’s highest Premier League goals tally of 13, Maupay’s is 10.
However, the former Brighton man has never failed to hit eight goals across three Premier League seasons. Richarlison has once scored a lower total than that, netting seven in the 2020/21 campaign.
Indeed, to this point in his Premier League career, Maupay has consistently scored a good total of goals each season. Furthermore, he is 26 years old, so he should be approaching his prime, and his goals tally could well rise soon.
As such, Everton have made the signing at the right time. They will hope that Maupay helps them out of the tough spot they currently find themselves in, given they are 16th – the same position they finished last season.