Everton squandered a two-goal lead against Bournemouth who denied the Toffees back-to-back wins for the first time since April.
With Phil Jagielka already suspended, things got even worse for Marco Silva when star forward Richarlison was given his marching orders before half-time for violent conduct. The red card didn’t stop the Toffees who took the lead through goals from Theo Walcott and Michael Keane. However, two goals in four minutes from Joshua King and Nathan Ake denied them all three points.
The Goodison faithful will be pleased with the start the Portuguese has made to his reign as Everton boss. The attacking brand of football he has implemented is a welcome change from the negative tactics employed by Sam Allardyce. Silva has a host of new signings still waiting to be introduced to the first-team.
When the window reopens in January, he should continue his excellent business with a move for Manchester United midfielder – Ander Herrera. Valued at £27m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard has been a mainstay in the side since joining from Athletic Bilbao back in 2014. Herrera made 26 appearances in the Premier League last season but has just one year left on his contract and talks are yet to begin over new terms. After a dreadful performance against Tottenham, the Red Devils may be willing to cut their losses.
Still only 29-years-old, Herrera has plenty to offer and would be an excellent replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin in the Everton engine room. He averaged 2.2 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per game last season (WhoScored) highlighting the protection he would offer the Everton back line while allowing their creative players to flourish ahead of him. The former Spain international has Premier League and European experience that could help the likes of Tom Davies and Kieran Dowell develop into great midfielders.
Potentially available at a great price, Everton would be foolish to ignore him in January.
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