Two of the sides in this year's Premier League to have made an abundance of new signings, Wolves and Everton played out a 2-2 draw this evening. Among the positives for Marco Silva as he begins his first season with the Toffees was the performance of his former player at Watford, Richarlison. Repaying his manager's faith, it is the sort of relationship Mick McCarthy knows all too well.
Since stepping away from the Championship's Ipswich Town late last season, McCarthy has been filling the opening two weekend's of Football League and Premier League action in the studios of Sky Sports and BT Sport respectively.
Back at the Molineux stadium tonight to watch another old side of his Wolves take on Everton, the former Republic of Ireland captain and manager was in flying form; no more so than when it came to the question of Richarlison and Silva.
Likening it to his own manager/player relationship with Gary Breen, we're not sure BT's Jake Humphrey took the comparison as seriously as McCarthy meant it:
I was thinking, who have I had with me, and I've trusted him and he's trusted me, and it's Gary Breen.
I had him Ireland, signed him with Sunderland and we got promoted there, signed him with Wolves and we got promoted there, and he was the skipper.
There are certain players you have an affinity with and you trust.
Forced to laugh himself at the idea of Breen making runs down the left wing as Richarlison had, Mick McCarthy's point holds true nevertheless.
A natural in front of the camera, McCarthy went on to tell a story that was definitely not about Jay Bothroyd and the time McCarthy subbed him on, Bothroyd scored, took the piss out of McCarthy, and was quickly subbed back off.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) August 11, 2018