Everton’s 0-3 win away to Cardiff on Tuesday could be a turning point in a hit-and-miss season for Marco Silva’s men.
Gylfi Sigurdsson scored twice and Dominic Calvert-Lewin once during their first win in four matches, but it was not only the scoreline that was impressive, their style showed promise that the manager is starting to put his stamp on the team. He’s been under scrutiny since his appointment in summer, and he’s deserved it considering some of the poor results Everton fans have witnesses particularly at Goodison Park.
The exciting football promised at the start of the season hasn’t been delivered and since the departure of David Moyes in 2013 the club have lacked direction under Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and then, of course, Sam Allardyce. Patience has been wearing thin for a long time, but Tuesday did show glimpses of what Everton could become.
The additions of Richarlison and Bernard this summer and Sigurdsson last season have made it clear they’re looking to play a fast, counter-attacking style of football. They’ve all had games this season where they’ve looked capable of splitting defences open like a knife, but then again, they’ve also looked more like spoons at times too. Consistency is key, and that will come with time.
The club aim to be back in European competition and with a new 52,000-seater home being built on the banks of the River Mersey the Toffees clearly expect great things. They have a vision and now’s the time to fulfil it, because if the on-pitch performance doesn’t start mirroring last night more often, the club could find itself in financial difficulty never mind difficulty in the dugout.
The pressure is on for Marco Silva, but last night could well be the night Evertonians really started believing in his project. If the players do too, there could be exciting times ahead for the blue side of Liverpool.