Gilberto Silva Praises Richarlison’s Adaptation to the Premier League
Former Arsenal and Brazil midfielder Gilberto Silva was impressed by what he saw from Richarlison’s first season in England with Watford and believes the player can go from strength to strength at Everton.
Gilberto came to England aged 26, five years older than Richarlison is now, and advised that the player learn the language quickly to aid his adaptation, “I was very mature when I moved to England and I knew exactly what I wanted for myself and my career,” says Gilberto.
“Although it was a huge step, I was not a youngster anymore. Richarlison was only 20 and did so well in his first season in England. It is about how you settle your mind. If you want to adapt and succeed in any new environment, you have to work hard.
“When I moved to England it was what I wanted to do: adapt to a new club and new life and learn the language, which was very important. It can be difficult when you move somewhere and do not understand the language.
“But it was not something that bothered me. I wanted to enjoy my life and fit into a new culture, to embrace the changes and concentrate on making the move work. You have to focus on training, on the coaching and tactics and learn the language.
“That was my mindset when I moved to England – and it seems to me that Richarlison is the same. Everyone in Brazil watches the Premier League and will be keen to see Richarlison at Everton. The Premier League is very big here.
“The people love football and want to see good competition. We follow our players in England very closely because some of them will play for the national team and people want to know everything about them.”