Marco Silva has vowed to support Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin through his tough moments, as reported by Everton’s official website.
Just days after impressing against Watford, the 23-year-old sustained a quadriceps injury in training that will see him out of action for a minimum of eight weeks.
Speaking about the summer signing, Silva said: “It is up to us to give him all the support we can, not just to recover him as fast as possible – but the daily support for him to be optimistic about the situation, even in a tough moment. I am 100% involved in the process.”
Gbamin admitted to struggling in his first Everton appearance, after coming on as a substitute for the injured Andre Gomes just before half time in the 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
There were signs he was off the pace and unable to keep up with the game, as he was dispossessed on 2 occasions, while he managed 1 tackle and 1 clearance, as per WhoScored.
Even though the Ivory Coast international still wasn’t the best on the ball against Watford, with his pass success rate being just 67%, he was very effective defensively.
During that game he managed 3 tackles, 3 clearances and 1 interception, while also winning 2 aerial duels – this improvement had seen his WhoScored rating go up from 6.24 to 7.28.
It is definitely a blow for both Gbamin and Everton that the 23-year-old will be out of action for such an extended period.
The timing of the injury also isn’t great, as he has just joined a new club, so Silva is right to focus on helping to take care of his player mentally while he is out of action.
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