Marco Silva, the new Everton manager, was supposed to bring a silver lining to Everton on his arrival but after splashing the cash after 2 months of the new Premier League season has he done a good job?
Of course judging a new manager so soon after the season has started isn’t very fair and it can be argued that with suspensions and injuries Silva hasn’t been able to play his best 11 players on a regular basis. But he came as something like a saviour when he was announced as the new Everton manager and was allowed to spend upwards of £80m on new players. If we were to judge Everton right now out of 10 one would be hard pressed to give them a 5.
The Toffee Men are currently in 11th place and have 9 points after 7 games and have won 2 matches, both happened at home and both were against teams you would expect them to beat in Southampton and Fulham respectively. If Everton were to continue the season like this they would finish on 49 points which is the same they acquired last season under Sam Allardyce. Nothing would have changed despite the managerial change and the money in the summer spent. That in a nutshell, would add up to a disappointing season.
In midweek Everton were delivered a hammer blow by way of a team they had already beaten in the league when they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup to Southampton. The match finished 1-1 and the Saints won the game on penalties, all of this was compounded by the fact that Everton had lost the game at home. Exiting the Carabao Cup was indeed a massive blow for a club whose only realistic chance of silverware is this one and the FA Cup. Next year will mean that it has been 24 years since the club won a trophy.
At the weekend in the league Everton face a very strong Leicester side, the same team that Southampton will now go on to play in the next round of the Carabao Cup. Leicester will provide a stern test for the Mersey siders and it is away from home. Leicester have won 2 of their 3 games at home and the match they did lose which came against Liverpool was a close one that ended in a 2-1 defeat. The Foxes are in good form and have won their last two games in a row.
As for Everton it’s all been much ado about nothing so far, but seen as a long term project Silva is still the man who many believe will turn it around for the club. The worry is that on this evidence the team whilst not going backwards look stuck in a rut.