Everton midfielder Bernard is fearful for his future at Goodison Park should the Toffees hire David Moyes to replace Marco Silva, according to Football Insider.
Moyes is said to be one of the many managers to be in contention to replace Silva on Merseyside should majority owner Farhad Moshiri fire the Portuguese, as the ex-Manchester United and West Ham boss enjoyed tremendous success during his lengthy spell at Goodison Park.
Bernard has been a regular of Silva’s plans since following the Portuguese to Goodison Park in 2018, with 34 outings in the Premier League during his debut season and a further six from eight already this term (TransferMarkt).
The 14-cap Brazil international is fearful of being frozen out should Moyes replace Silva, though, as the aggressive and battling style of play the former Toffees chief emphasised on would not match that of his own.
Belo Horizonte-born Bernard was brought to Merseyside last year as a free agent, and notched two goals and four assists across all competitions, including Everton’s second of the day at West Ham as they beat the Hammers 2-0 in March.
Moyes’ tough-tackling and cautious approach could see Bernard’s influence rescind, leading to the 27-year-old fearing for his future with three years remaining on his £120,000-a-week contract (Spotrac).
While Bernard is reportedly concerned about his future at Everton if Moyes were to be hired to replace Silva, the Brazilian actually ranked fifth among the Toffees’ first-team for tackles attempted per 90 minutes in the Premier League last season with 3.9, per WhoScored data.
His effectiveness only saw Bernard rank eighth for tackles won with 2.1, though, but that is still more than positional rival Alex Iwobi achieved with Arsenal, where the Nigerian won possession with 1.3 of his 2.1 tackles per 90 last term.
Bernard also ranked joint-first for passes blocked at Everton in 2018/19 with 1.5 per 90, along with 1.1 interceptions and 3.5 dribbles – the third-most – suggesting he should not be overly concerned by the potential change in the dugout.
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