I have mixed feelings over this.
He’s a big talent and has recently proved he can do it at Premier League level, still only at the age of 21. Looks to have a really good all-round game - quick, strong, energetic, both feet, strong in the tackle, good link up play, good vision. As he develops I think he could play anywhere across the forward line or in midfield.
But for now, I wouldn’t have said he’s what we needed most. CB, CM and LB still needs to be addressed. And although there’s still time for that to happen, the clock is ticking. Also, the reported fee is really high. You can try to justify it, but Barca are making a third bid of £55mil for Willian as we speak and he is lightyears ahead of Richarlson, and proven at every level.
It’s a brave move from Brands and Silva because they’ve opened themselves up for massive criticism if he flops, as most of us thought we’d be shopping for obscure bargains in different positions this summer. But ultimately, I believe in their vision for the club and trust their track record. So if that’s who they want and for that price, then so be it.