Everton Seek Gold with Silva
Everton Seek Gold with Silva
Watch Leicester vs Everton (KFS, 6 October at 15:30 CAT)
These are mercenary times in football. Some are accusing Jose Mourinho of deliberately sabotaging Manchester United to get himself fired. Mourinho has been known to play Machiavellian games, but would he deliberately throw matches to force his bosses to fire him? In Manchester United’s 3-1 loss to West Ham, Mourinho surprisingly selected Scott McTominay – a midfielder - at centre-back, when he had the very expensive specialist defender Eric Bailly on the bench. And then there’s his ongoing spat with Paul Pogba. Managing talent is no easy matter and coaches live and die by their ability to get the best from temperamental stars.
While the pressure mounts on Mourinho, there is another Portuguese making waves in the Premier League, Everton’s Marco Silva. Silva coached Hull and Watford before taking the Everton job, causing controversy in the process. Everton needed a replacement for Sam Allardyce and so contacted Silva, who was only just begun his two-year contract with Watford. When Watford’s results began to suffer, fans complained that Silva had lost focus and was putting them at risk of relegation. In January 2018 the board fired Silva, noting that, “the unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival caused significant deterioration in both focus and results.” Perhaps football clubs should institute the trading system for managers as well as players.
Silva started his tenure at Everton on a record winning note, beating an Austrian amateur outfit in a friendly by 22-0. Things have been a little trickier in the Premier League. The Toffees currently lie eleventh on the table, well behind Watford, who are sixth.
When Silva left Watford he took Brazilian striker Richarlison with him. The 21-year-old was a stand-out performer for Brazil club Fluminense before Silva brought him to England. He’s a direct runner who scores off both feet and could well grow into a superstar. Watch Brazil clubs in action in the Copa Libertadores on Kwesé Sports.
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Another player to look out for is Gylfi Sigurdsson, the popular Icelander who plays at midfield. In eight matches this season Sigurdsson has scored an impressive five goals, which is a far better return than specialist striker, Theo Walcott, who has only scored twice this season. Watch these two internationals in the UEFA Nations League.
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On defence the man to watch is Idrissa Gueye (pictured), the nuggety Senegalese defensive midfielder who leads the Premier League in successful tackles, 36. Remarkably, Gueye has achieved this statistic conceding only one booking. Along with captain Tom Davis, and Sigurdsson, Gueye makes up a potent Everton midfield.
This Saturday Everton travel south from their home in Liverpool (north west England) to Leicester (which sits bang in the middle of England) for a very interesting match-up. Can Marco Silva justify Everton’s faith in him and build on last weekend’s impressive 3-0 win over Fulham.
Premier League Match of the Week: Leicester vs Everton (KFS, 6 October at 15:30 CAT)
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