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Everton: Charlie Nicholas feels Marco Silva is playing for his future

Everton: Charlie Nicholas feels Marco Silva is playing for his future

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has suggested the writing may be on the walls for Everton manager Marco Silva, after the Portuguese oversaw a second successive defeat when Sheffield United beat the Toffees at Goodison Park.

Everton enjoyed 69% of possession against Chris Wilder’s Premier League new boys on Saturday afternoon (WhoScored), but failed to see any of their 16 shots on goal make their way past Blades ‘keeper Dean Henderson.

The visitors, on the other hand, eventually left Merseyside with the spoils after taking just two shots, with the sole effort on target being Lys Mousset’s 79th-minute strike to settle the tie after a late first-half own goal by Yerry Mina.

Silva’s latest defeat as Everton boss came a week after defensive fragility cost the Blues at Bournemouth, and is the 19th occasion the Toffees have been beaten under the Portuguese across all competitions (TransferMarkt) – just two less than they have won.

If Silva is unable to secure more favourable results in the coming weeks, former Celtic and Arsenal striker Nicholas feels the curtain may fall, as Everton are entering a tricky period of their campaign.

“I really do feel like this manager is under serious scrutiny,” Nicholas said, while speaking on Soccer Saturday (September 21, 17:33) after the Sheffield United game.

“I was talking to David Moyes, ex-Everton manager, and a couple of Everton fans, and they were saying that they always feel they are two or three bad results away from another manger being strangled out of this club, but he [Silva] has to be very careful now.

“What he has coming up is dangerous. Everton are away to Sheffield Wednesday in the cup this week, [in] midweek, Manchester City at home and then Burnley away. This is a tough time for Silva to get through this period, and this crowd [against Sheffield United] left with about ten minutes to go. They emptied the place.”

There were some early-season calls for Silva to be sacked after the Bournemouth match, and those fans will certainly be growing in frustration after the display offered at home to Sheffield United on Saturday.

A response will unquestionably be needed in the Carabao Cup trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, but more fundamental issues are yet to be ironed out since Silva first arrived on Merseyside in 2018.

Everton are yet to come from behind in a Premier League fixture to take a win under Silva’s tenure (TransferMarkt), which made them only one of two sides to achieve that last season – joint with relegated Huddersfield Town – after claiming four draws in 18 games.

The Toffees also have to be far more clinical with their efforts on goal, after recording an average of 13.2 per game in the six top-flight encounters played out so far this term (WhoScored), but only 3.3 of which have been on target – leading to five goals, the joint-third worst output in the Premier League.

Everton fans, can Silva turn things around or is his time at Goodison Park set to end without a comeback? Let us know in the comments below…

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