The problem for Everton is that, for too long, they’ve been treading water. They’re generally sitting around midtable and not making much of an impact at either end.
Now, under Silva nobody is expecting them to magically start winning titles. Of course not. But they are expecting the Toffees to be more competitive in the top-flight, with a European finish genuinely not out of reach.
Judging by their form so far this season, though, a change or two could be needed in order to reach that goal, despite their fine recent form, and one man that should surely play his part is Yerry Mina, who is rated at £27 million by Transfer Markt.
Signed from Barcelona over the summer, Mina is now fit and ready to play. Marco Silva has since announced his intention to at least try a back-five system utilising three defenders in order to accommodate the Columbian’s return.
It’s a tactic that hasn’t been commonplace at Everton lately, but it’s a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for the Toffees.
After all, the back-five defence has been of tremendous use to so many teams in England as of late. Perhaps the best example is at Chelsea. They’re a side that struggled prior to the arrival of Antonio Conte, but the Italian changed the system up, and the back-five was introduced. This allowed them to make the most of their attacking talent like Eden Hazard – Chelsea’s answer to Richarlison – and it maintained the defensive solidity that naturally comes with more defenders.
Also, the trio of Kurt Zouma, Yerry Mina and Michael Keane would offer a fantastic balance of what is needed in a back-five. Keane is brilliant with the ball at his feet, and that makes him an ideal playing to sit in the middle. Meanwhile, Kurt Zouma and Yerry Mina are both physical and robust defenders that would be able to sit back and defend. Neither is particularly blessed when it comes to the technical side of the game, but that would be masked in this team.
Furthermore, it also allows Everton to keep one of their best players in the team, without having to drop one of Michael Keane or Kurt Zouma, both of whom have been very impressive this season.
This formation would let Everton make use of their fantastic quality both going forward and defensively, and it would help take Silva’s team to the next level.