Everton remain unbeaten in the Premier League heading into the international break.
Marco Silva is yet to taste defeat as Everton manager and will have much to ponder during the international period. Everton picked up their first win of the season against Southampton but have lumbered to draws against Huddersfield, Bournemouth and Wolves. Everton fans will be slightly disappointed not to enter the break with more points to their name.
The Portuguese has successfully introduced the hugely expensive signing of Richarlison to the starting eleven and has a host of new players still to welcome to the side. Silva should welcome Bernard and Yerry Mina back from injury after the international fixtures conclude. To complete his squad, the former Watford boss should seek a new central midfielder to replace Morgan Schneiderlin and partner Idrissa Gana Gueye.
The perfect addition could be Bournemouth midfielder – Lewis Cook. Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old was a mainstay for Leeds United before the Cherries secured his services for a reported £6m back in 2016. Cook has been a crucial player under Eddie Howe and made 29 appearances in the Premier League last season.
The Englishman is the perfect player to add some much-needed protection to the Everton back line as he averaged 2.3 tackles per game last season. Cook also reads the game expertly, averaging 1.2 interceptions for his side in the previous campaign. The midfielder is also capable on the ball in transitioning defence to attack; he averaged 1.7 dribbles per game last year (WhoScored).
If his impressive form continues, it won’t be long before Gareth Southgate comes calling. Silva should make Cook his number one priority in January.
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