A few games into the Premier League season, Everton have found themselves in an awfully familiar position. Despite spending big money over the summer, they’re languishing in the middle of the table in the Premier League, with, at present, very little to smile about.
Between poor results, poor decisions and even worse player performances, it’s fair to say that Marco Silva is in a very tough position at present. Since moving to Goodison Park over the summer, the Portuguese has done very little to prove that he was worth the effort that it took to bring him to the club, and that’s a real worry for Everton.
Given how much they’ve spent, and given the quality on display at the club, they certainly should be doing better than they are at present, and so before too long, calls for Silva to quit will come out of the woodwork. Indeed, over on Twitter, they’ve already begun.
Proves my point all along. Silva is not the right man to take my blues forward #silvaout
— Terry wilson (@Terrywi75553993) September 16, 2018
Silva criticisms all coming true so far. Sort it out
— DANNO (@DANNOJ1878) September 23, 2018
— Tom (@_t0mmm) September 23, 2018
On the surface, make no mistake, things don’t look good. With just 1 win this season, and a handful of players struggling, there is very little to be excited about at Everton. However, before making any rash decisions, the Toffees must first look at what they’ve got. And what they’ve got is one of Europe’s best young managers that just desperately needs some time.
Silva was a relatively unknown commodity prior to his arrival in England, but he quickly made an impact – and he quickly proved that he was one of the Premier League’s most exciting managers. Hull City looked down and out when Silva moved to the club, but during a short stint with the club, he made them look like challengers again. He wasn’t able to keep them in the Premier League, but he did better than most could have imagined. A return of 8 wins and 3 draws from 22 matches for a side battling relegation certainly isn’t anything to be sniffed at.
He continued that for Watford, another side that rarely threatened at the top of the table. There, he lost just 2 of his first 7 games, and that sort of form continued until winter – when his head was turned by Everton.
His record before he began to manage low-level teams in the Premier League was even better, too. In 48 games with the Greek side, he won an astonishing 38 of them, with just 7 losses coming his way – all whilst playing attractive football. What does this mean in the context of Everton, then? Well, it proves that he’s capable of managing at both ends of the table, and it proves that if he’s given time, he can make a project work anywhere.
Let’s not forget, it’s not all about results, either. Sam Allardyce brought relative success back to Everton, and he did a good job as far as results were concerned at the club. However, fans understandably grew concerned and frustrated at the lack of exciting play; and that’s one of the reasons why Allardyce likely left. Despite managing small clubs in England, Silva has always been eager to move the ball quickly and pass – and to turn that style of play into results is a challenging process. It’s going to take time, and letting him go this soon would be a mistake as a result
You have to look at the squad that Everton have built under Silva, too. In a short time, the signings that he has made have already made an impact. From Lucas Digne to Richarlison, Silva clearly has an eye for a brilliant signing, and they’re only going to get better with time. Imagine the impact that Silva could make in the transfer market with another 1 or 2 months to work his magic. It’s not just signings, either. Silva is tremendously gifted at giving young players opportunities, with individuals like Mason Holgate impressing under the Portuguese. He’s building a young squad, hence the signing of Richarlison, and ensuring a mix of young and old may not deliver immediate success, but it undoubtedly will in time.
Everton, at this point, simply cannot keep chopping and changing managers. In Silva, they’ve got a boss that could see them through the next decade, but only if they give him time. Moving managers on quickly has rarely delivered results at Goodison Park, and now is the best opportunity for them to be patient.
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