Bernard scored the only goal of the game on Saturday to secure the win for Everton against Watford and Marco Silva wants to see more of it, as he told the club’s official channels.
Speaking of the Brazilian, the Everton manager said: “We know Bernard is a player with high technical quality, giving us very good things and providing assists, but I want him to be more hungry to score.”
Bernard has played a total of 38 matches in all competitions for Everton, scoring just three goals, as per Transfermarkt – his only other goals came against West Ham United in his 28th Premier League appearance and an FA Cup tie against Lincoln City.
One sign that the Brazilian hasn’t been overly concerned about getting on the scoresheet is that he only averaged 0.7 shots per game last season – though that number has risen slightly to 1 in his opening games of this campaign, as per WhoScored.
Despite his lack of goals, Bernard did show that he can be a useful player going forward last season, as he made 1.2 key passes and 1.2 dribbles per game.
Bernard is a useful player who can make things happen for Everton, but Silva is correct in saying he needs to do more to try and get on the scoresheet when looking at last season’s statistics.
If the 26-year-old is able to add that to his game, then perhaps it will be very difficult for Silva to drop him – even with Alex Iwobi coming into the fold.
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