The Brazilian signed for Watford in August 2017 but left to join Everton the following season
Watford captain Troy Deeney is preparing to ‘smash’ former team-mate Richarlison when they face Everton on Monday night.
The two played together last season, but the Brazilian swapped Vicarage Road for Goodison Park as the Toffees splashed out £44million on him.
It has been an impressive start to his Everton career for Richarlison, who has netted seven times in just 13 Premier League appearances, earning a place in the national team.
Deeney believes Everton got a good deal for the 21-year-old, who played 41 times and scored five goals in all competitions for Watford.
“I’m going to have to smash him. On Monday he’s the enemy,” Deeney jokingly said to The Sun.
“I wasn’t disappointed (when he left) because you can understand it.
“Business-wise it was a no-brainer for the money.
“You can see his potential daily, his enthusiasm for football is up there and he’s now getting the national team looking at him.”
There is a stark contrast in form between the two ahead of tonight’s game, with Everton unbeaten in their last five, while Watford have lost their last three and are without a win since the end of October.
Watford fans are reportedly travelling to the match tonight armed with rubber snakes to taunt former manager Marco Silva.
Supporters turned on Silva over his decision to join the club who are alleged to have made an illegal approach for him, and he is widely referred to as a ‘snake’ on social media.