Wolverhampton Wanderers made their comeback to the Premier League with a 2-2 draw against Marco Silva’s Everton. The visitors played with ten men for the entirety of the second period but Wolves were not clinical enough in front of goal to capitalise on the advantage.
Richarlison starred for the Toffees with a goal in either half on his debut. On the other side, Ruben Neves was the pick of the players for Wolves with a goal and an assist – the latter leading to Raul Jimenez’s equalising goal on the day.
Three things we learned:
Richarlison has a memorable Everton debut: Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce had appeared to question the signing of Richarlison with the Brazilian failing to contribute a goal or assist for Watford during the backend of last season. However, the risk taken by Silva appears to have paid off for the moment with the winger netting a delightful brace to announce himself to the supporters. Richarlison’s second goal was a particular highlight as he combined sublimely with Leighton Baines and Cenk Tosun before curling the ball past Rui Patricio. It will be interesting to see whether the Brazilian can manage to replicate his showing.
Ruben Neves making a bigger reputation for himself: At the start of the summer, Neves had been linked with a possible move to a bigger Premier League club but the Portuguese decided to stay put by penning a new long-term deal. Against Everton, Neves was not fluent with his passing game but he managed to make the impact when it mattered the most. Neves opened the scoring with an excellently taken free-kick from outside the box before providing a brilliant cross for Gimenez’s late equaliser. Neves has now bagged 11 goals in his senior career – out of which 10 have come from outside the penalty box (Squawka).
Marco Silva needs to quickly find his best team: Everton managed to sign the likes of Bernard, Yerry Mina, Andre Gomez and Kurt Zouma before the transfer deadline but none of them were picked for the season opener. In simple terms, none of them were accustomed to Silva’s tactics ahead of the curtain raiser but the Portuguese may need to quickly get them into shape. The central defence, in particular, appears a concern and Silva may possibly favour the combination of Mina and Zouma in the forthcoming games, though Michael Keane did a credible job after Phil Jagielka was sent off.
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