Everton supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a second successive Premier League defeat last weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their clash with resurgent Arsenal off the back of going down 3-1 at home to West Ham in their previous league encounter, in turn suffering their first loss since Silva was appointed as manager during the summer. And the Toffees were unable to get back to winning ways at the Emirates Stadium as goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed a 2-0 win for Unai Emery’s Gunners, thus prompting Everton’s fall to 12th place in the Premier League table.
As such, there have been many disappointed Toffees fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson, in which he says that Everton are ‘stuck in treacle’ at the minute, and that their clash with Fulham is ‘a massive game for Everton and the manager’.
And given their indifferent form in recent times, Merson’s verdict of where Everton are currently at under Silva seems very accurate indeed.
Ultimately, there was much optimism during the summer following the appointment of Silva as Sam Allardyce’s successor, this all despite the Portuguese getting sacked at his previous two jobs in English football at Hull City and Watford.
Nonetheless, there was excitement given the style of football the 40-year-old would bring, and in starting the season with a win and draw in their opening two games, things certainly were looking up.
However, the Toffees have since then picked up just two points from a possible 12 and head into Saturday’s game against Fulham off the back of successive losses – the pressure isn’t necessarily on new manager Silva just yet, but Merson is right to suggest that it is a ‘massive game’ against Slavisa Jokanovic.
Clearly, the Toffees will be expected to beat the newly-promoted Cottagers this weekend, but Fulham have enough in their ranks to unsettle an Everton backline that has shipped 11 goals in their first six games, in which time they have failed to keep a clean sheet.
The optimism of Silva’s bright start appears to have vanished, and defeat on Saturday, a third in a row and second at Goodison Park, is likely to leave many supporters asking questions about where their club is heading – one win in seven, having only played one top six side, would represent a poor start to the new era.
Get it right and seal the win, and any doubts will be banished for a little while at least. Get it wrong, and the pressure will begin to turn up a notch on the new Toffees chief.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!