Richarlison scored two in a manic game at Goodison Park as Everton twice recovered from being pegged back by Wolves to win 3-2.
The Brazil international scored the first and last goals of an odd affair which lurched between moments of quality, to a long spell of mediocrity and back again to provide an entertaining finish.
Everton handed full Premier League debuts to a trio of summer signings in Moise Kean, Alex Iwobi and Fabian Delph, the latter making his first appearance in the league since January with Manchester City.
All three made an impact with Iwobi, scoring for the second successive game, and Delph, holding things together in midfield, particularly impressive – although Richarlison stole the show with his double.
The Brazilian’s performance reflected in the WhoScored rating he achieved in the aftermath of the game and was also included in the Premier League team of the week –
Everton manager Marco Silva is looking forward to further improvement from Richarlison after the Brazilian’s two goals proved decisive in Sunday’s win over Wolves.
The Toffees boss accepts the 22-year-old needs the confidence boost goals give him and, after three in two games, hopes they will reap the benefit after the international break.
Richarlison, who celebrated wildly when he found the net in the midweek Carabao Cup victory over League One Lincoln, scored the first and last – either side of Alex Iwobi’s second in as many games – in a 3-2 win at Goodison Park in which the hosts had to twice recover from being pegged back.
“Richarlison is the type of player that needs good performances and if possible to win more confidence in the way he likes to play,” Silva said.
“The way he celebrated the last goal against Lincoln shows he needs these kinds of moments.
“Last season, he did all the pre-season for us. This season he did Copa America and after was on holiday and started the first game against Crystal Palace with 13 days working with us.
“Miracles we cannot do. He needs time like all the players to be in the best physical condition.
“He scored two really important goals for us. He will keep improving, for sure.
“We are talking about a fantastic football player and a fantastic boy. He is the spirit inside our dressing room.”