Everton manager Marco Silva is under pressure following a spell of five losses in six Premier League games but he will be mightily relieved after their recent Carabao Cup display.
Indeed, Silva’s side ran out 2-0 winners in their League Cup last 16 tie at home to Watford, with late goals from Mason Holgate and Richarlison sealing the deal on a place in the next round.
After the match, with quotes sourced by FourFourTwo, Silva had monumental praise for winger Theo Walcott after his substitute appearance turned the game on its head.
At 0-0, the game looked to be on a knife edge, but the introduction of Walcott spared Silva’s blushes as his influence looked to have turned the tide – providing the assist for Everton’s opening goal.
“Theo made a big impact again,” exclaimed the manager.
“The change we made at half-time had a big impact on our second half. We found the spaces more easily than in the first half because we started faster our build-up.
“Theo was always a really important player for me, even if sometimes he was not playing, not starting, and he knows that.
“He did a very good second half, was really important. He is in a good moment and for sure he will help us in the next games as well.”
Indeed, in the Premier League this season, the former Arsenal ace is helping lead the attacking force despite his lack of goals. As per WhoScored, he’s averaging 2 shots per game – the second highest in the squad – and was recently praised by Phil McNulty of the BBC for his performance against West Ham United.
Given Walcott’s huge impact, and the influence he is having on this Everton side already this campaign, Silva may be smart to utilise his good form for their upcoming home clash with Spurs.
The Sun noted how Tottenham struggled to deal with pace against Liverpool on Sunday and that’s a trait Walcott is certainly famous for so, coupling that with the good form talked about already, perhaps he can cause this weekend’s visitors problems.
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