Things haven’t gone to plan at Goodison Park this season. Marco Silva’s arrival has done little to stem the regression that has been ongoing at Everton for a few years now, and that’s not what most fans will have expected.
Indeed, Silva was backed significantly in the summer market, and he’s been given more than enough time to improve the team – but little has moved in the positive direction as far as Everton are concerned.
There are more than a few problems within the squad at present, and Sky Sports analyst Matt Cheetham has delivered his verdict on what perhaps is one of the greatest concerns that Silva must deal with.
‘No side has conceded more goals from dead-ball situations than Everton’s 11 this season’, he noted.
Cheetham added: ‘Silva’s players are clearly struggling to implement Silva’s vision of zonal marking. Wolves was an example of defenders marking empty spaces, while other recent games have seen too many swarming to the ball, leaving attackers free for knock-downs’.
He continued: ‘He must find a way of showing he can adapt, and distance himself from previous managers who seemed unwilling to change their ways. An obvious sign of progress would be to cure his side’s set-piece malaise.’
Cheetham goes into far more depth and detail with regards to the real issues surrounding Everton’s set-piece misery, but the overarching point is clear: the Toffees are simply too vulnerable from set pieces.
Of course, it doesn’t matter how effective you are going forward if you’re struggling at the back, and with so many goals being conceded by way of poor defensive set-piece work, it’s hard to see the club moving forward.
You can occasionally put general defensive mistakes down to individual player performances, but in the case of set-pieces, those are typically defended based upon instructions delivered by the manager – and it’s evident that Silva is at fault here as a result. He’s designing the way that they set up from these positions, and he isn’t doing a good enough job – it’s as simple as that.
Clearly, this is a big issue for him, and if he doesn’t sort it out, the Portuguese’s tenure will only end one way.
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