A lot of credit must go the way of Marco Silva for the way that he has managed Everton this season. The Toffees had a pretty difficult opening few weeks in the Premier League, and whilst that was always going to be the case, he’s really turned it around.
Of course, they’re moving away from the relatively one-dimensional style of Sam Allardyce, who favoured route-one style football, and they’re in pursuit of more creative and exciting displays of quality.
That’s not a transition that is going to happen overnight, and that was evident early on. However, even through that period, there were a handful of players that were clearly destined to succeed.
Everton looked poor in the opening weeks of the season, yet they were still able to grind out occasional good results, and though Silva did have a hand in that, more often than not it came down to a few individual performances. As Everton have grown as a team, though, they’ve only gotten better.
So, whilst Silva is building a team for a better future, there are, in particular, two players that could have a transformative effect this season – leading to a potential European finish.
Those two, undeniably, are Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson – two of the very best in the Premier League.
For Sigurdsson’s part, he’s really turned on the style this season. He struggled last term, but the Icelandic international thrives in the current system, and that’s been reflected on the pitch. He’s now able to make the most of his incredible passing, dribbling and technical ability. That’s been reflected by his 5 goals and 2 assists – and he’s only getting better.
It’s tough to say anything new about Richarlison, given how widely he has been praised over the last year or two, but at Everton, he’s gone to another level. The attacking midfielder has been Everton’s main attacking threat, and the way he’s able to dribble and drive at defences makes him effectively unstoppable. Like Sigurdsson, he’s been a hit in front of goal, with 6 goals already this term.
They’re both beneficiaries of one another, too, owing to the fantastic rapport they’ve built up. They’re the main men in the Everton attack, and with every passing week, they seem to offer more and more going forward. Their link-up play is tremendous, and with more time that will only get better.
Everton as a collective are a great side with a fantastic manager. However, with Sigurdsson and Richarlison in the team, anything is possible.
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