By Sam Stone

20th Sep, 2022 | 9:10am

Andros Townsend: Everton selling Richarlison a good deal for all parties

Andros Townsend believes that selling Richarlison was the best move for all parties and feels Everton have added four quality players for the price of the Brazilian.

The 25-year-old attacker completed a £60million switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer after helping the Toffees secure Premier League safety in the 2021/22 season.

Despite losing the talismanic Brazilian, Townsend feels that Everton have been able to add players with the same mentality to their ranks.

Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast [06:11, 20 September], Townsend said: “Any club would miss the quality of Richarlison and what he brings to the team but I think we’ve been able to add four or five players for the price of Richarlison.

“We’ve added players with the quality and mentality of Richarlison. You see him playing for Spurs chasing for every ball and getting the crowd up for it and I think we have that in Neal Maupay and Onana in midfield.”

“We’ve added more bodies that we needed and more bodies that we didn’t have last season and yes we would love Richarlison but we have done well off the back of that and he’s scoring in the Champions League so it’s been a good deal for both parties.”

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Change of mood

There seems to be a positive vibe surrounding Goodison Park at the moment, despite the Toffees only picking up their first win of the season against West Ham on Sunday.

Richarlison was always going to depart the club this summer and all eyes were always going to be on how the Brazilian was replaced.

The Toffees certainly had a slow start in the summer window, but the additions of Conor Coady, Neal Maupay and Amadou Onana towards the back end of the window lifted the mood significantly around the club.

All three signings were sensible and displayed the Toffees’ ability to utilise the funds they received for Richarlison in the correct manner.

Frank Lampard will be looking to build on their maiden Premier League victory after the international break, with Southampton, Manchester United and Tottenham to come in their next three fixtures.

The Everton boss’ work at Goodison Park has seen his name thrown into the hat for the England job [The Telegraph, 19 September] should Gareth Southgate step down after the World Cup.