Everton's improvement: The stats show how Marco Silva has done it

Thursday, 29 November, 2018 7comments  |  Jump to last

Marco Silva's assured start as Everton manager has them sitting in the Premier League's top six. For a side who were hovering ominously above the relegation zone at this stage last season – with their third manager of the campaign waiting in the wings – it has been an impressive transformation.

Silva's side have won five of their last seven games and the healthy stream of points has been achieved with an attractive brand of football, which is highlighted by some of Everton's attacking statistics. The leap from last season – when Everton recorded the second-fewest shots in the Premier League, and the fewest by any side during Sam Allardyce's time in charge — has been seismic.

No set of supporters is currently seeing a bigger improvement from their side in terms of shots. Everton are attempting almost 50 per cent more per game - the biggest increase in the Premier League this season...

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Peter Warren
1 Posted 29/11/2018 at 18:59:15
Actually looking forward to the game on Sunday. That has to be Silva’s biggest achievement to date.
John Raftery
2 Posted 30/11/2018 at 11:02:19
As the article points out, key to the improvement has been the signing of six players in the summer aged 25 or under. The last six of our previous signings were 27 or over. Bringing in younger players has produced higher energy levels, greater speed, better defensive capability and much more threat in attack.

I will be convinced this amounts to a transformation when we start winning games against some of the top teams, home or away. Beating teams like Fulham, Palace, Brighton, and Cardiff at Goodison is the very least we should be doing.

Simon Smith
3 Posted 30/11/2018 at 23:31:43
Interesting to see the stats for our left-hand side, Digne created more chances in the prem than any other defender. Bernard created 0.1 chances per 90 min less than Hazard who is top of chances created in the league; Bernard comes in 2nd place.

Digne receives a lot of praise, and rightly so, but Bernard, who is admired by us blues fans, has recently been accused of playing poorly, but the above stat doesn't suggest that at all; he seems to be a strikers dream.

Roll on derby day, it's time for the blue boys to become men.

Don Alexander
4 Posted 30/11/2018 at 00:02:38
To me, big questions remain as to how those still at the club have felt since the summer's clear-out under M&M? Are they relieved no longer to be having to tolerate inadequate colleagues? If so, how much better might their attitudes and performances become once even more of the rest of those M&M inherited get shipped out from on, and off, the pitch, and preferably as soon as possible?

Or, put another way, which of yester-regimes players is still worth a place in the squad, bearing in mind that M, M&M have all recently said they want to focus on the youth we already have whilst they continue, quote, to slim the squad?

To me that only means Stekelenberg (for now), Gylfi, Seamus and, er, that's it.

Chris Gould
5 Posted 01/12/2018 at 00:20:12
Simon, those stats have Bernard ahead of Hazard for chances created in open play and only second (fractionally) to David Silva. That is mightily impressive and suggests that maybe some of his very good work has, at times, been overlooked due to a fair amount of sloppy play.

I think he's got a hell of a lot going for him. He didn't have a pre-season, was injured and hadn't played for months, and yet still creates as many chances as the very best in the league.

Silva is allowing him to find his rhythm and we will see an even better player as the season progresses.

Ste Lewis
6 Posted 01/12/2018 at 00:51:10
It's been a fantastic turn-around. Not only in the mindset instilled by the new regime but everyone, even non-Evertonians, now sees that the recruitment has given us players levels above what we had.

My son came home beaming over the Man Utd fans at school wishing they had Richarlison. Digne has been incredible. Replacing Baines looked daunting but it is done. Bernard is a natural, a quick thinker with the aplomb and technique to carry it out. Crucially, like many of the new arrivals he has a natural tenacity that's been missing from our team for a while (a trait epitomised by Richarlison).

Mina seems the big character we've been missing, nobody is going to be bullying us anytime soon... and I've not even mentioned golden boy Gomes. We're getting a quiet confidence about us now, I love it.

Jay Wood

7 Posted 01/12/2018 at 14:27:44
Unlike some, I don't snort or sniff derisorily or dismissively at stats. And the numbers certainly do make impressive reading.

The statistical data is backed up by empirical evidence – what we can see with our own eyes. There is clear improvement on many levels, both for the collective and individuals.

And it is the empirical evidence that is telling me – regardless of the stats – that Bernard is still not quite there for us.

Yes, he can produce individual moments of brilliance (such as creating chances, as the statistical evidence shows), but over the entire game he has been not marginally sloppy, but very, very careless in possession, his passing and truly woeful with his finishing, with the most basic of plays.

A player of his technical ability and calibre should not be consistently making these errors, but he is. Of all our recent signings, he is possibly the one who arrived most 'undercooked', even when compared to the long-term injuries of Mina and Gomes.

He appears to be the one player taking a tad longer to adapt to the Premier League than the other signings. Silva needs to play a fine balancing act between giving Bernard the game time to make the adjustment, whilst not jeopardizing the progress of the team.

Once Bernard is fuller in sync and up to speed, if he can display the potential of his early career in Brazil when he was (lazily, IMO) compared to the World Cup winner Juninho (of 'Boro fame), then we could – could – have a massively influential player on our hands.

It is way too premature, IMO, to say he will be that player, based on what we've seen to date.

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