Watford striker Troy Deeney that his former teammate Richarlison will be 'the enemy' on Monday night, as his side takes on Everton at Goodison Park.
Richarlison made his name in the Premier League with the Hornets last season, when he got the season off to a flyer under the club's former manager Marco Silva - who is also now at Everton. Since moving to Merseyside, the Brazil international has flourished upon being reunited with his former boss, and has scored seven goals in 13 matches for his new side.
Speaking via Watford's official website, Deeney admitted he understood his ex-teammate's decision to leave the club, but claimed he was more focused on 'smashing' his opponent than having a friendly chit-chat. The 30-year-old said: "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. But, I don’t want to talk him up too much because I’m going to have to smash him on Monday! On Monday, he’s the enemy.”
Watford head into the game in a dire run of form, having picked up just one point in their last five Premier League matches. Conversely, the Toffees have looked strong, and managed to pick up a point against Chelsea, before falling to an agonising last gasp defeat to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby last weekend.
In other news, Everton are reportedly plotting to sign their star loanee Andre Gomes on a permanent deal next summer. The Barcelona man has impressed since arriving at Goodison Park, but the club will need to negotiate a value for money deal with the Catalan giants, given the player's exorbitant £90m release clause.