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Everton fans have lost patience with stubborn Silva

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 7 Oct 2019

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On Saturday afternoon, Everton suffered an almost inevitable 1-0 defeat at Burnley. By the end of the weekend, the Toffees fell into the relegation zone on Sunday, when Newcastle recorded a 1-0 win over Manchester United. It has now got to the point where Everton fans have lost patience with boss Marco Silva after losing four straight league games.

Sheer stubbornness is costing the team

Marco Silva is a coach who likes his team to play a particular way. He likes to stick to Plan A. Unfortunately, the Portuguese boss does not have a Plan B. In fact, his Plan A is questionable. Everton fans have wanted somebody who could come in and create a team in the long term, somebody will stop the recent sacking and hiring cycle.

However, they are finding it hard to believe that it is Silva who can bring the team stability, never mind success. The biggest problem with the former Watford boss is that insists on fielding the same 14 players, in the same tired formation.

He only uses 15 of his squad, when he does have other options. Players who are seriously out-of-form are picked and produce the same tripe over and over again. It’s been a rinse and repeat scenario in recent games. Why is he picking the same formation and players, yet expecting different results? Albert Einstein certainly knew his stuff. Silva standing on the touchline, seemingly having no idea how to affect a game does not help his cause.

Awful in every department

In recent weeks, Everton have been simply awful in every department. At times towards the end of last season, the Toffees displayed some true promise. The loss of Idrissa Gueye and Kurt Zouma have been massive for the Toffees.

The goals have been flowing like a tap into the Everton goal. To make matters worse the plethora of attacking players at the club look anaemic. There is a serious lack of cutting edge and ideas in attack for the Merseysider’s. The likes of Richarlison, Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bernard all have attacking qualities and proven their worth in the past, even if it was not at Everton.

However, Silva just cannot seem to select players who can put together any sort of understanding. There is also so-called attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is great for stats that mean very little but bad for actually playing delivering anything playing as a number ten. Last season he had a good spell. The fact that Silva keeps picking him is quite baffling to most Evertonian’s.

Favourite to be the next top-flight boss to leave his job

While the likes of Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are under pressure, for different reasons that are likely to have time to sort their respective messes out.

According to the bookmakers, Silva may not enjoy that luxury, as he is favourite at odds of 11/10 to be the next Premier League boss to leave his position.

Silva has reportedly had recent meetings with Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. He claims he is confident that he can turn things around on Merseyside. The fact that he has described the Toffees game after the international break against West Ham as ‘must-win’ says a lot about his situation.

He will be highly unfortunate to still have his job by then. Everton may not want to keep changing bosses, but to have a boss who is so stubborn and unwilling to adapt his tactics will only end in disaster for the Toffees.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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