Everton have sent scouts to watch the last two games of Portuguese clubs Porto and Benfica, according to O Jogo (via Sport Witness).
According to Portuguese publication O Jogo (via Sport Witness), representatives of the Toffees were at the last Porto game as the Dragons beat Santa Clara 2-0 at the Estádio do Dragão.
However, the newspaper (via Sport Witness) stopped short of mentioning just which player the Merseysiders were scouting during their trip to Portugal.
Marco Silva’s side have been linked with players from Porto in the past, with the club said to be interested in both Alex Telles and Moussa Marega.
A scouting mission to Europe could be due to Everton’s poor start to the Premier League season. Silva’s side have won just two of their six games in the top-flight so far this season, including two consecutive losses against Bournemouth and Sheffield United (via WhoScored).
Following the shock defeat at home to Sheffield United, the former Watford manager blasted his ‘nervous’ players, also criticising their handling of the pressure following the first goal.
He said: “After that (own goal) the game changed completely and we didn’t handle the normal pressure. We didn’t show the right ability on the pitch and the strong personality you have to show in some moments.”
“We didn’t have reasons to play football and we were so nervous in the 60 minutes after the goal was conceded.”
“We were seven months without losing at Goodison Park so there was no reason for us to play so nervous.” (Source: Daily Post)
It seems that Everton have already started planning ahead of the January transfer window. The side has already spent over £100m in the summer transfer window, however, have displayed the same weaknesses as previous seasons in their losses to Sheffield United, Bournemouth and Aston Villa (via Transfermarkt).
It seems that the money isn’t the issue and that Silva has far bigger issues, surrounding mentality, to solve if he wants to get the club back on track.
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