Richarlison has made an instant impact at Everton while the likes of Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes wait in the wings for their chance to impress
Marco Silva has explained some of the rationale behind Everton's summer signings and what can be expected of them, particularly Yerry Mina and André Gomes who have yet to feature.
The Colombian defender and the Portuguese midfielder were signed at the end of the transfer window in August but arrived at the club carrying a foot and hamstring injury respectively.
Both players suffered relapses in their recoveries but are approaching full fitness and could be named in the match-day squad as soon as this weekend when Crystal Palace come to Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, Lucas Digne and Kurt Zouma have settled seamlessly into the defence and made first-choice starting roles their own, as has Richarlison in attack, and Bernard is emerging as one of the Premier League signings of the summer now that he is getting his match sharpness back.
"Since the first day I came here, Lucas Digne was my first choice for left-back,” Silva told the Liverpool Echo. “Richarlison I don't need to say any more about. I took him to my previous club as well and it was amazing to achieve a player like him because we spent big money on him.
"Kurt Zouma I know very well and he is a player we had in our mind as a possible solution on loan. And Bernard, everyone knows him of course. I know his coach well; he is a Portuguese coach and he is one player I had in my mind as well.
“Some people had doubts because of his size. He is not the type of profile of some players who come to the Premier League but he is a smart player and he is different to what we have on the flanks.
"As for the other two… Of course one (Gomes) is a Portuguese player who I know very well and it was a matter of getting him into a good physical condition. He is strong in his mind as well and I am sure he will help our squad like we need. We are happy with our midfielders of course but he can give different things for us.
"And Mina — we have to see how he can adapt to this different type of football but for sure he will play when he is in a good physical condition and when he has adapted to this type of football because it is different. But at the end, this is what you want.
"When we sign five or six players, maybe one or two need more time to adapt, but the others have to come in and show what we expect, and believe me we expect good things.”
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1 Posted 18/10/2018 at 15:29:16
About Gomes: "He is strong in his mind as well..." Very interesting that he would address that issue specifically, since Gomes' Barca teammates have publicly said otherwise.
And he seems to hint that Mina isn't quite ready, when he mentions twice in one sentence that the young man must adapt to this "different type of football". I wonder not only when we will see Mina, but who he will replace when we do. He's clearly impressed with Zouma, but it's hard to imagine benching Keane at this point.
2 Posted 18/10/2018 at 15:37:34
Quite a statement on what he thought about Leighton!
3 Posted 18/10/2018 at 15:39:07
I took his comment as meaning that Digne was his first choice to sign for that position, as opposed to play that position. It was no secret we needed a left back and Digne apparently topped his wish list.
4 Posted 18/10/2018 at 15:51:52
Silva has the right to feel good, if about nothing else he has a top, well paying job at a ''big'' club and if he gets it right then all the bonuses will be there for him. Even if he gets it wrong he will have put his name up there and will always be in demand.
We all wish him luck as we all want to see success at the club, having been without it for so long. It won't happen this season but he has laid some good ground work for the future.
5 Posted 18/10/2018 at 17:02:29
6 Posted 18/10/2018 at 17:15:20
I recall when Leighton Baines signed for Everton in the summer of 2007 but it wasnt until December 2008 (think it was a substitute appearance against Chelsea at Goodison) that he became the automatic choice and the Leighton Baines we grew to love.
It took Baines 15 months to really make his mark at Everton and I remember a few times in his early months people suggesting he would move on due to his inability to oust Lescott (who was playing outstanding football at left back then) .
Baines though was given time to make his mark and grow into the club thats the point Im making.
People expect Mina, Digne, Gomes to all be instantly success stories but they could become immense players over a period of time for this club given patience and time to do so .
7 Posted 18/10/2018 at 18:24:47
9 Posted 18/10/2018 at 20:08:59
10 Posted 18/10/2018 at 20:35:35
11 Posted 18/10/2018 at 22:15:51
You made a case there. This goes for Klaassen, Sandro and Lookman, who else have I forgotten, Vlasic. But if they don't get selected, they become unhappy, unlike Niasse, of which there has been enough debate about on here.
12 Posted 18/10/2018 at 22:46:41
Not to mention the youngsters, who find it harder to win over the supporters.
13 Posted 19/10/2018 at 00:18:22
Digne, Richarlison and Bernard have made their mark, and their inclusion in the side is a must, injuries and suspensions, being the only reason they should miss out.
Hopefully we will see what Gomes can bring to the midfield when he is fit enough to play an area that, as with the striking role too, needs vastly improving.
14 Posted 19/10/2018 at 00:27:10
Gomes and Zouma are his players; he expects to help out almost instantly, Mina, Digne, Bernard and Richarlison are the here and now as well as his long-term players.
The Digne shout is good, Baines is and will always be a true blue but, at his age, he should expect to be ousted.
Not exactly the start we all wanted but let's look at the bigger picture, things take time and Silva's signings look exciting.
15 Posted 19/10/2018 at 08:42:19
Gomes was brilliant for Valencia prior to his Barca dip and Mina was on Brands's radar for a long while; they fought hard to get him and for a reason.
Just give them some time and when the striker situation is sorted the jigsaw will not be far off completion.
16 Posted 19/10/2018 at 15:06:54
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18 Posted 19/10/2018 at 21:51:33
19 Posted 20/10/2018 at 00:30:07
For God's sake, he's only been with us for about three months, and they are trying to unsettle him already. Talk about rubbish reporting!
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