The international break is a chance for clubs to reflect on how well they have started the season and where they need to improve once the domestic calendar resumes.
Everton have a made good start to the campaign with two wins coming from their three Premier League games and a victory in the second round of the Carabao Cup. Here is a look at how the big three signings from the summer have fared so far in those fixtures.
The signing of Fabian Delph from Premier League champions Manchester City for £8.5 million, as reported in the football news, was a huge boost to Marco Silva’s squad earlier this summer. The 29-year-old, who has featured 20 times for England, is a real leader in the dressing room and those qualities will be something which the Toffees boss will hope has a positive effect on his team this season.
Delph made his debut against Wolves in their 3-2 victory and he did a fantastic job alongside Andre Gomes in the centre of midfield by providing Everton with a level of control and ensuring possession was recycled effectively. Given he has not played much football over the last 12 months, he is sure to get even better as the season progresses.
A move for Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi was one of the biggest surprises of the summer as it came on the final day of the window for a fee of £34 million. After signing Nicolas Pepe from Lille, the Gunners were happy to let go of their winger who could prove fantastic business for the Merseyside club, if his early performances are anything to go by.
Iwobi scored against Lincoln in Carabao Cup in an impressive display to help his side advance to the third round where they are one of the popular football predictions to beat Sheffield Wednesday in the next stage of the competition. He also found the net against Wolves in the 12th minute in the Premier League. At the age of just 23, Iwobi has his best years ahead of him but at the same time, he has a wealth of Premier League experience already so he is a very exciting signing.
The position Silva was desperate to strengthen in during the off-season was a striker. The Portuguese boss did not have much depth to choose from up front. As soon as he came aware that Juventus’ young talent Moise Kean was available, he wasted no time swooping for the Italian international. The 19-year-old has won the Serie A title in each of the last two seasons and has two goals in three appearances for Italy. Kean is still looking for his first goal in an Everton shirt in five appearances, however, there is no doubt that will come soon. He was an integral part of the forward line against Wolves. Once he gets his opening goal, there is likely to be many more to come.
Silva’s next chance to add to his squad will come in January, however, that has often proved to be a quiet window for Everton over the few years so don’t expect much business to be done at the midway point in the campaign.