According to a recent report from The Liverpool Echo, Everton manager Marco Silva doesn’t expect any new arrivals at the club this month. The Toffees have somewhat unconvinced in recent weeks in winning only two of their last ten Premier League matches, with their 2-1 defeat at Southampton on Saturday leaving them with just one away victory in the league since the start of October.
Yet with his side having slipped into the bottom half of the table in 11th, Everton chief Silva has suggested it is unlikely that the Toffees will add to the squad in the final ten days of the January transfer window, with this big January decision by the club’s hierarchy potentially leading to Silva’s undoing at the Merseyside outfit.
Ultimately, there was much optimism around Goodison Park at the start of the season following the appointment of the highly-rated Silva, alongside some excellent recruitment which saw the likes of Richarlison, Lucas Digne, and Yerry Mina make the move to the blue half of Merseyside.
And six victories from their opening 13 league matches, including three in a row between September and October, saw the Toffees sit sixth in the Premier League table and very much looking up to challenge the division’s top teams, only for things to go downhill since then to increase the pressure on Silva.
In their ten games since the 1-0 success over Cardiff City on November 24, Everton have managed just two wins and two draws to slip into the bottom half of the table, with it pretty clear that the squad needs further strengthening to not only snap out of their poor run of form, but also to climb the table once again to finish the ‘best of the rest’.
Clearly, the Toffees are crying out for an out-and-out number nine to lead the line, with Richarlison doing a decent enough job when called upon in the main striker’s role, but seemingly not the long-term solution to a problem they haven’t solved since letting Romelu Lukaku leave the club back in 2017.
And with the likes of Theo Walcott and Bernard struggling to convince out wide, and some concerns still had about the central midfield department, there are plenty of areas in the Everton squad that need improving – the recent results underline just how far behind the top six they are, but rather alarmingly how far behind some of the other mid-table teams they are as well.
And with the pressure seemingly building on Silva to improve the fortunes of his side, backing him in the transfer window appeared necessary to help him take the Toffees forward, and indeed turn them into the more progressive side they threatened to be at the start of the campaign.
But for the board to opt against such decision, whether forced or not by financial restraints, could well prove to be the undoing of the 41-year-old at Goodison Park.
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