Both Everton and Fulham have struggled for form in the early stages of the season but it was the home side who came out on top when the two sides went head-to-head at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.
Marco Silva and Slavisa Jokanovic are two managers who have drawn plenty of interest from the British media in recent weeks, with both demonstrating a level of potential which suggests they are destined for to earn themselves what would typically be considered a top job in the coming years.
But the manner in which their respective sides have started the season has served to quash such discussion as they both have plenty to learn at this level before dreaming of coaching one of Europe’s heavyweight clubs.
Silva’s free-flowing style of play finally produced the desired result on Saturday afternoon as the Toffees coasted to a 3-0 win over the travelling Cottagers, but they had to ride their luck along the way.
Andre Schurrle blazed over after being teed up by teenage prodigy Ryan Sessegnon in a glorious position, and Sessegnon found himself in a similarly promising position just moments later but he was denied his first Premier League goal by the width of the crossbar.
It seemed that both sides were intent on wasting every forthcoming opportunity when Gylfi Sigurdsson struck the same crossbar from the penalty spot, but the Iceland international made amends for his miss just moments later by scoring a marvellously finessed strike on his weaker left-foot.
2 goals followed as Cenk Tosun ended his goal drought and Sigurdsson added a killer third with 89 minutes on the clock, and his match-winning performance has earned him special praise from BBC pundit Garth Crooks.
Sigurdsson was selected in Crooks’ team of the week and he acknowledged the quality of both his second-half strikes: ‘Gylfi Sigurdsson failed to convert a penalty against Fulham but scored two beautifully taken goals, which looked infinitely more difficult.’
Indeed, Sigurdsson’s left-footed opener was placed through the eye of a needle with a precision which only top class players are able to produce, and the confidence he showed to attempt the first-time strike suggests that he will thrive under Marco Silva this season.
The experienced playmaker endured a tough first season at Goodison Park after his £45 million switch from Swansea City as he only managed to score 4 Premier League goals from 27 appearances.
But with 3 goals already this season under Silva, there’s no doubt that he can reach double figures at the very least.
Everton’s struggle under Ronald Koeman and defensive tactical approach under Allardyce restricted Sigurdsson’s progress last season, but under the Portuguese tactician he’s already beginning to look like the real deal.
Sigurdsson has been at the heart of everything positive Everton have done so far this season and there’s no doubt that Silva’s impact has contributed to his promising improvement.
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