Everton have made a mixed start to the new era under Marco Silva but there are enough positive factors to consider which point towards a glowing future with the Portuguese mastermind at the helm.
An impressive run of three straight victories which preceded Everton’s trip to Old Trafford last weekend gave the supporters hope of clinching a rare victory against one of the top-six away from home, but they failed to come away with anything to show for their efforts against a side who were there for the taking.
It was an opportunity for Silva to deliver a statement victory and set the bar for future trips to England’s elite clubs. They failed to capitalise on the opportunity to beat a vulnerable United side, but they will need to quickly move in from that disappointment when they face Brighton this weekend.
After all, if Everton are incapable of taking points from their away fixtures against top-six clubs then they will need to take advantage of home fixtures against inferior opposition.
With all due respect to the Seagulls, Everton are, on paper at least, a side who have the tools to record a convincing victory at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Their summer spending spree has left Silva with a talented squad of players at his disposal, and the strength in depth could prove to be a decisive factor tomorrow, according to BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson.
‘Everton have dropped points at home to Huddersfield and West Ham but I think they are progressing as a team and, as I have said before, Toffees boss Marco Silva can change games from the bench if he has to.’
Indeed, Silva has a wealth of talent at his disposal who should enable him to imprint his free-flowing philosophy this season, and the extent of his squad depth was illuminated during the Toffees’ last home fixture against Crystal Palace.
With the scores tied at 0-0, Silva sent on Ademola Lookman, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun in a bid to steal a late victory – and that’s exactly what happened.
It was an inspired set of substitutions from Silva which served to prove the competition for first-team places within his squad, so Lawrenson is absolutely right to allude to the Everton substitutes bench as a potential game-changer against Brighton.
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