Everton manager Marco Silva doesn’t believe that the Toffees need to make radical changes despite the club’s losing streak.
It’s been a disappointing few months for Everton. After a decent start to his time at Goodison Park, some of the gloss has worn off Marco Silva’s image after a run of five defeats in six matches. Everton were also eliminated from the FA Cup by Championship side Millwall in January which only culminated the disappointment.
The Toffees have lost three consecutive Premier League matches ahead of tonight’s trip to South Wales to take on Cardiff City. They haven’t lost four in a row in the league since way back in 2014 and haven’t scored for over four hours but manager Marco Silva has insisted that the club doesn’t need to make any radical changes to get back on top.
“Radical? No. Direct to you, no,” Silva told the media when asked if we can expect sizeable changes during the remainder of the season.
“Because in February if we start to change everything radical then that means everything that we did [previously] does not make sense. It’s not what I am thinking.
“We have to understand why we are not doing the same. Because [of] some bad results [we do not] play with the same confidence, it’s clear to me.
“The details are making a big difference in our results or not achieving the results because the last few games I didn’t see one team commanding control, or control the game against us and put problems to us.
“We are losing points and not achieving the good results in some moments, [it’s] in the details. In this type of detail, we have to work more and more to be consistent as a team.
“I’m not saying to you I’m happy, did you [hear] I’m saying I’m happy? You ask me if I will change something radical and I say to you ‘no’ but I am not happy with the last results,”
Ironically, this downturn in form comes just a few days after Everton agreed on a compensation package said to be worth £4 million with Watford for the signing of Marco Silva. The Spaniard joined the club in the summer of 2018 after leaving their Premier League rivals in January of that year. The Hornets had accused the Toffees of ‘tapping-up’ the 41-year-old but an agreement has been reached in order to avoid an official inquiry.
Some Everton fans are starting to feel like that was a poor investment, just a part of a wider failure to correctly spend. The club has spent big on players over the last couple of years but some signings have been far more successful than others. The likes of Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun have hardly impressed as much as Richarlison or Lucas Digne.
However, a lot of that discontentment can be undone on Sunday. The Toffees welcome Liverpool to Goodison Park for a Merseyside Derby which holds even more significance than usual. Everton will be hoping to dent their rivals’ title aspirations with the Reds just one point ahead of Manchester City in the table. But the Toffees are far from the favourites. They are the 19/4 outsiders to pick up the win on Sunday on Betway as of 26 February with Liverpool at 11/20.
It could be argued that the reverse fixture led to Everton’s downturn in form. The Toffees sat in sixth place in the Premier League table before that late Divock Origi winner at Anfield back in December. Marco Silva’s side had lost just three of their opening 13 matches before the derby but since then, it has been the exact opposite. The Toffees have won just three matches since then, picking up 11 points over a span of three months.
That’s relegation form and has got some Everton fans worried about the club’s direction this term. It’s natural to question Marco Silva’s methods right now but there is a growing feeling that the former Watford boss should be given time to try and put this right and avoid a repeat of the sacking of Ronald Koeman. Everton are on a dire run right now but that could all turn around in the next week. Marco Silva’s belief that the club don’t need to make major changes will be justified if they can pick up a result against Liverpool on Sunday.