Marco Silva brought in a lot of players on permanent deals last summer, but as it turns out, it’s his loan recruits that have arguably been the most influential this term. Indeed, Silva brought in two big names on loan, namely Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes, and both came with their own set of risks.
Zouma, in particular, was far from guaranteed to be an impact at Goodison Park. He was coming off the back of a season with Stoke City in which the Potters were relegated, and he had previously spent almost a year out injured after suffering a knee issue whilst turning out for his parent club Chelsea.
In the beginning, though, Everton fans were very confident that Marco Silva’s newest defensive signing would do the business, as you can see below…
— ً (@efcjack_) August 10, 2018
Great business. With patience we could see a very good side developing here. Clubs done their bit now it’s on us to show the support they need
— Ian G (@IanG1878) August 10, 2018
— TX Bill (@GOT_TXBill) August 10, 2018
Stop it you, stop it
— Shoey Mc (@ShoeyEFC1234) August 10, 2018
Welcome @kurtzouma can’t wait to get started
— Peter Mcdonald (@PeterMc03782013) August 10, 2018
— Michael (@greenallefc) August 10, 2018
Think this is an excellent signing! Well played da Blues!
— Mark Singer (@msinger_7) August 10, 2018
OH MY WORRRDDD
— Zac (@ZacNSNO) August 10, 2018
— latoya pih (@LatoyaPih) August 10, 2018
Everton fans seemingly weren’t particularly worried about Zouma’s checkered history, and looking back on it, they were certainly right.
He’s had to battle it out with both Yerry Mina and Michael Keane this season, but whenever Zouma has played, the talented Frenchman has looked very good indeed. He’s showing off all the traits that made him such a hit at Chelsea,
Significantly, he’s also been able to prove his fitness once again, and that’s important given how tough it is to come back from such a significant injury at a young age.
It’s no surprise, then, that Marco Silva has confirmed that he wants to sign him long-term. He’ll have a battle on his hands to complete a deal, given that his fine form wouldn’t have gone unnoticed at Stamford Bridge.
However, it’s something that the manager has got to pursue. He clearly spotted his talent early on, as did the Everton faithful, and if he’s able to stay at Goodison Park long-term, he could continue his path to becoming one of the Premier League’s best.
Everton fans – what did you think when he signed? Let us know below!