PL x Silva

PL x Silva. Tchau.

Marco Silva is walking a tightrope in charge of Everton at the moment as The Toffees sit in the bottom half of the Premier League.

With just three wins from nine games and only ten points, the team from Merseyside might look to replace Silva if results don’t start to improve and fast.

The Portuguese manager, whom Everton appointed in May last year following his sacking at Watford in the January, doesn’t have the best record in English football.

With Hull, Watford and Everton Silva has managed a measly 39 wins from his 102 games. Where in a damning stat he has lost 45 games, not the pedigree that the Everton board were expecting when they appointed him.

Whilst he is remembered for turning Hull City around and almost saving them from relegation, if you look deeper into his stats, they weren’t quite as impressive as everyone makes out.

In fact, only six of his league games in charge ended in victory (Yes, okay, one was against Liverpool but that was a different Liverpool than the Reds of today).

The Tigers conceded 36 goals to the 20 they scored under the former Olympiacos manager and lost a staggering nine out of 18 league games. Not the stats of a manager of the calibre he was made to be.

From Hull he made the move South to Watford (where he lasted half a season). He managed 24 PL games for the Hornets and again his win to loss ratio makes for grim reading.

The Vicarage Road faithful saw their side lose 12 of the 24 games, conceding 44 goals along the way.

In fact Silva only won one of his last 11 games before being relieved of his duties in London, after Everton had perhaps already turned his head.

After reading that you might be wondering why Everton made him their primary target to lead the charge for European football. I AM TOO.

In one silver lining for you Everton fans out there, he’s managed to NOT lose half of his games, but he hasn’t exactly won half of them either.

Again, the stats don’t make for pleasant reading. 47 league games, 18 wins, 19 losses and 10 draws.

It can only mean that the Portuguese man is in for a torrid couple of weeks (if given the chance) with Everton fans already seemingly losing patience with him.

DF Previews…

Richie previews his teams upcoming season.

Everton

Manager: Marco Silva

Last season: 8th   

key player 

Andre Gomes, he ran almost every game he played in last season, including the Derby at Anfield, best footballer I’ve seen in an Everton shirt for years. Never looks under pressure and has a nasty streak so he’s not shy putting his foot in. Absolute bargain at £22 MM.

SIGNINGS SO FAR

Gomes, Delph and Lossl 

Have to say Gomes again. £22MM is nothing these days and for someone who would get into most teams midfield, it’s an absolute snip. I think Delph is a great signing too and again a proper bargain. £9MM for someone who has captained England, played for the Champions regularly and who’s attitude and experience will be so valuable .

Who TO SIGN

Although I rate Calvert-Lewin very highly I don’t think he will score enough goals to push us on to the next level.

That said, if we are going to buy a striker then it has to be a proven Premier League goal scorer like Diego Costa, not pay over the odds for someone who ‘might’ do ok. I would still keep Calvert-Lewin involved though as he offers so much more than just goals.

EXPECTED FINISH

I think it’s a massive opportunity for the likes of us, Leicester, Wolves and maybe even West Ham to push for a top 6 and maybe even a top 4 finish.

Man Utd need players, Arsenal only have 2 players I’d take and Chelsea have took a gamble on Lampard. It’s a huge opportunity and one I hope that we can take.

EXCITING GAME

Liverpool at Anfield.

I love and hate this fixture in equal measure as the derby is the only game that makes me nervous, plus the fact we haven’t won there since the nineties will make it even better if we do.

TROPHY?

FA Cup or Carabao Cup.

I expect to win one of these. We need to go all out to win something as it’s been too long. We should field a full strength side in every game, winning games and having a cup run can only breed confidence which would hopefully then run on into the league form.games and having a cup