Richarlison struck a double on his debut but it wasn’t enough to earn Marco Silva a win in his first competitive match in charge as 10-man Everton were held to a 2-2 draw at Wolves.
The £50m summer signing from Watford twice gave the visitors the lead, but on each occasion Nuno Espirito Santo’s Championship winners fought back to earn a share of the spoils in their first top flight match in six years.
The Toffees will feel the match turned on Phil Jagielka’s straight red card as they looked in control at 1-0 up. The defender was penalised for lunging at Diogo Jota as he attempted to rectify his own mistake just before the interval. Ruben Neves stepped up to curl home a stunning free kick and cancel out Richarlison’s close-range opener.
The Brazilian then added a superb second in the second half, but the visitors couldn’t hold out with the on-loan Raul Jimenez nodding in a superb leveller 10 minutes from the end.
Wolves will now visit Leicester next Saturday while Everton host Southampton.
Richarlison shines while Everton’s old guard struggle. There have been clear signs Everton’s defence has been in need of shake-up in recent seasons – and this was further proof that Marco Silva has done the right thing in seeking new recruits. Both Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma will add power and pace to a backline that again looked susceptible when Wolves did press. Jagielka’s error was avoidable and while Silva named just one debutant for this opening weekend fixture, it won’t be long before he bloods all of his new signings. Richarlison showed that he loves working under his former Watford boss, and on this evidence he looks like a shrewd signing despite the large fee and loss of form in the latter part of last season.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Richarlison (Everton). The Brazilian capped a fine debut with a clinical brace. He clearly feels at home under Silva, having notched all seven of his Premier League goals while working with his former Watford manager. Can he be the man to score the bulk of Everton’s goals? It remains to be seen , but this is a good start for a young player with bags of potential.