Saturday, 21 July 2018

Silva Hoping To Sparkle At Everton

It was a very underwhelming, disappointing season on the blue half of Merseyside with Everton just about scraping a top half finish. Everton struggled for much of the season starting with Ronald Koeman and ending with Sam Allardyce. Everton fans have expectations for a top 7 finish every season because they should be the best of the rest after the usual top 6. However, Everton disappointed for much of the season with low energy performances and a lack of quality across the whole team despite heavy investment in the playing squad. Despite these troubles, the toffees faithful stuck by their team and now have a new manager in Marco Silva who will hope to make a team they are proud off which play an exciting brand of football.

Everton needed a quick fix last season after slipping into the relegation battle and brought in Sam Allardyce to rescue them. However, Everton shouldn’t ever have got into that struggling position in the first place with players like Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Idrissa Gueye. However, Everton as a collective were disappointing and Allardyce’s style only further frustrated their fans and change had to happen and finally Farhad Moshiri has the man he has been chasing for a long time in Marco Silva. Everton will now hope for stability and success on the football pitch with the highly regarded Portuguese man. Despite relegating Hull and being sacked after six months at Watford, Silva is still well regarded in the English game and Everton will hope to get the best of their new manager. Silva installed a solid defence but an exciting playing style at both Hull and Watford and I’m sure he will do the same at Everton. He will aim to get the best out of every player because his expectations in himself and the club are sky high. Silva will be desperate to sparkle at Goodison Park and his long term ambition will be to break into the top 4 but at this stage it is highly unlikely. Silva has brought an excitement and energy everywhere he has been and I’m sure Everton fans are extremely optimistic about their chances of achieving something this season whether that is a top 7 finish, or a successful cup run. However, one things for sure, the Everton faithful will be with their team every step off the way.

Marco Silva will be assessing every area of the pitch because he must improve an underperforming squad while bringing his own players to suit his style. However, his biggest statement so far is allowing Wayne Rooney to leave for the MLS a year after his return. Despite finishing as their top scorer, Silva clearly has ideas which didn’t include Rooney, and this will divide much of the Everton fans because he is one of their own despite his illustrious Manchester United career. Silva’s style is built on a solid defence setup and despite the best advice from Allardyce, Everton conceded a lot of goals last season with Michael Keane, Phil Jagielka, Ashley Williams enduring disappointing seasons and frequent lapses in concentration so Marco Silva will be exploring possibilities of boosting his defensive options. Furthermore, Everton lacked goals in their forward line in the previous season and Silva will be desperate to add a consistent goal scorer to his ranks because their forward line lacked different options last season and consequently ended with a severe shortage of goals despite the best efforts of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse. Also, Everton’s midfield does lack some pace with the central areas of the pitch messing a spark of pace and creativity so I’m sure Silva is assessing this idea too with record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson lacking consistency in his debut Everton season. Despite all this, I’m sure Marco Silva has plenty of ideas for his squad and will no doubt be busy in the transfer window before it closes. He will have confidence in the squad he has inherited but will want to make signings to make Everton competitive and allow his style to be implemented.

The Everton faithful will hope for stability this season after a turbulent season. Three managers in one season is a sign of problems but they will hope Silva is here for a prolonged period because he could be a success story at Goodison Park. Silva will be determined to bring success to the club and once his style of play is implemented, the Everton fans I’m sure will be delighted with the football they watch. The aim one day is Champions League football but, a top 7 finish is a good season all round for Everton but it could be a special season at Everton should they want success.

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