Watford star Richarlison has this afternoon provided an explanation for his reaction to former Hornets’ boss Marco Silva’s sacking.
Richarlison, a Brazilian U20 international, made the surprise move to Vicarage Road last summer from Fluminense, having been tracked by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs.
All of Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona were linked with moves for the winger/forward, who subsequently went on to enjoy a hugely impressive start to life in the Premier League.
Despite his tender years and lack of European experience, Richarlison took to English football like a duck to water, racking up 5 goals and 3 assists in his first 14 Premier League outings.
However, the last couple of months have proven a far more challenging experience for the South American, with Watford’s dip in form having seen Richarlison’s goalscoring exploits dry up.
The struggles endured by the Hornets also resulted in the sacking of manager Marco Silva last month, a move which did not sit well with several members of the club’s squad.
Richarlison was one to take to social media to showcase his anger at the decision, posting the following on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the announcement:
— Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) January 21, 2018
‘The least to blame’
Speaking in an interview with the Evening Standard earlier today, Richarlison was questioned on his reaction to the news of Silva’s sacking, with the Brazilian revealing his opinion that his former manager should not have bore the brunt of the blame for the club’s dip in form:
‘I was asleep in my house and (Watford team-mate) Heurelho Gomes came over, woke me, to tell me the news. I was very sad and I reacted without thinking.’
‘I owe Marco a lot because he is the one that called me before I came to Watford. I moved here because of him. He helped me every day and was extremely good with me.’
‘Marco is the person who is the least to blame (for the bad results) but was the one who paid the highest price. The ones on the pitch were the players, not him.’