Marco Silva is two games away from seeing his time at Goodison Park called short in the eyes of Sky Sports’ Charlie Nicholas, who feels the Everton boss needs to consider a change of tack after an unconvincing start to the campaign left the former Arsenal and Celtic striker with plenty of questions.
The Toffees head into the sixth round of Premier League fixtures sat in 11th place, having taken two wins from the opening weeks, while succumbing to defeats on the road to Aston Villa and AFC Bournemouth with an aggregate scoreline of 5-1 to the hosts.
Question marks over Everton’s defending at the Vitality Stadium last time out were widespread in the media, with The Telegraph’s Tom Prentki noting after the game: “On this occasion, the blame lay far more heavily with the Everton defence [than attack], all three goals being preventable with more composure and organisation.”
The Guardian’s Ben Fisher, meanwhile, described the Blues’ defending as being ‘all at sea’ when they allowed Cherries star Callum Wilson to get on the end of Diego Rico’s through ball to secure his brace.
But Silva’s defensive contingent is not the only concern to have arisen from the opening weeks, with Nicholas now suggesting the Everton boss should consider a change in tack in attack, as goals will not come if he continues to favour Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Writing in his weekly predictions for Sky Sports, while backing Everton to beat Sheffield United 1-0 through a late strike on Saturday, Nicholas wrote: “I am not convinced by Everton. They are two bad results from sacking Marco Silva.
“They supported him in the market, but I was not quite sure where he was going with it. It is his responsibility to start getting results. Is he going to play Moise Kean or Dominic Calvert-Lewin? The latter is not going to get you goals. You need goals.
“Richarlison is guaranteed a dozen or so a season. I would break it down and play Kean, Richarlison, [Gylfi] Sigurdsson and Calvert-Lewin all together. That is a decent front four in terms of pace, movement and creative ability. Everton’s defence has started the season okay, but has been average since. It doesn’t fit right, but this is probably a game where the crowd could get on their back. It is about easing that feeling and helping the manager out.
“When we mention top-six threats, we do not mention Everton, we say Leicester and Wolves.”
Everton’s defending was certainly questionable on the south coast last Sunday, and Nicholas is also right in that Calvert-Lewin will not be the striker who fires the Toffees into the top six judging by his recent performances, even though he finally ended his six-month goal drought at Bournemouth (TransferMarkt).
The former England U21 international just does not seem to get himself into the right positions to score enough of the time, with the 22-year-old only attempting six efforts on goal so far this term, which is actually a decrease of 0.6 per 90 minutes from last season, according to data collected by WhoScored.
If Silva can get Moise Kean firing as he continues to adjust to the English game, Everton can be a threat to Leicester City and Wolves in the scrap to be the side that break into the top six, but they cannot rely solely on Richarlison or Sigurdsson to score enough to make up for the defensive errors that have crept in over the recent weeks.
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