Marco Silva has been tasked with producing a more pleasing style of football than was the case under his predecessor, Sam Allardyce. Assessing the club’s chances of success under the former Hull City and Watford boss next term.
Everton head into the 2018/19 Premier League season with plenty to prove under new manager Marco Silva.
The former Hull City and Watford boss has been tasked with producing a more pleasing style of football than was the case under his predecessor, Sam Allardyce.
However, with just one victory during their pre-season fixtures, the 41-year-old has a lot to ponder ahead of Everton’s season opener at Wolverhampton Wanderers this Saturday. Read on as we assess the club’s chances of success under Silva next term.
Goals look in short supply
Everton scored just 44 goals in the Premier League last season, with Wayne Rooney (11) the only player to break double figures.
Much is expected from Cenk Tosun this time around, but the Toffees still look short of other quality striking options.
Richarlison’s arrival from Everton is a positive move, but goals may well be difficult to come by once again next season.
Luck be a lady tonight?
Former Premier League referee Keith Hackett admitted in a recent interview with Betway that referees are prone to make mistakes, and Everton certainly benefited from that towards the end of last season.
Tom Davies’ controversial late equaliser at home to Southampton caused an angry response from visiting boss Mark Hughes towards referee Jonathan Moss, and Everton might not be able to count on a similar level of fortune next term.
If Silva has hopes of finishing higher than eighth place, he will need to ensure his side aren’t relying on errors from match officials to snatch a point at home.
Time for Keane to get his act together
It’s fair to say that Michael Keane has been unimpressive since joining the club from Burnley and he needs to rediscover his best form soon.
Keane looked uncomfortable on the ball during last weekend’s defeat against Valencia, leaving Silva with a defensive headache ahead of the new season.
The 25-year-old was touted as one of England’s brightest defensive hopes not that long ago and Silva needs to find a way to spark a revival in the centre-back’s performances.
Richarlison needs to shine
The forward has looked Everton's best player in pre-season and Silva will hope he can continue his form when the real action gets underway.
A £40 million fee is hefty for a 21-year-old, especially given how little Richarlison showed for Watford in the second half of last season.
The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen failed to shine for Everton in 2017/18 – it is hugely important that Richarlison doesn’t follow their lead.