Javi Gracia has every confidence Richarlison will rediscover the form which saw him take the Premier League by storm early in his Watford Career.

Richarlison scored five goals in his first 13 Watford games but hasn’t found the net since registering in the 2-0 defeat of West Ham in November.

Gracia has refused to shy away from withdrawing the mercurial 20-year-old since taking over at Watford and the Brazilian has been substituted in the last four Premier League games.

The head coach accepts Richarlison is struggling to match the highs of his early season form, but insists he is trying hard to do so.

“He's working a lot and trying to do better day-by-day. In the last games he's not finding his best performances,” he said.

“I think the next game or in the future, I'm sure he will do better.”

Richarlison has been linked with a move away from Vicarage Road and was seen crying on the bench after being replaced against Chelsea.

Gracia couldn’t answer when quizzed on the winger’s happiness and says performances on the pitch will help lift Richarlison’s mood.

He said: “I don't know [if he is happy]. That question is for him. I'm sure he will be more happy if he scores a goal in the next game, or if he plays for 90 minutes, not just for 55 minutes.”