Unfortunately, a quick look at the current Premier League table will require some scrolling for Everton fans, as the club sit worryingly close to the bottom of the standings.
Under the guidance of the previously promising Marco Silva, the Toffees are residing in a dreadful 18th spot in the top-flight division after the recent defeat away to Burnley.
Inside the relegation zone is obviously not where anyone expected to be after big promises from the man in charge of the dugout and plenty of funds being spent during the course of the summer transfer window.
The Toffees are 12/1 in the Space Casino betting on football to face an absolutely devastating fate of Premier League relegation this season after such a poor start to proceedings under Silva. Although they are 1/50 to avoid such a worrying drop down a division this term, leaving plenty of hope and suggestion that they will ultimately turn things around.
At the beginning of the term, Everton were being considered as one of the teams to possibly contest the ‘bigger’ clubs for a position in the ‘top six’ alongside Leicester City and Wolves or even pushing further towards a hugely coveted Champions League place. That pipe dream is now gone and any belief in finishing in a European place under Silva this season looks to be long gone.
Can the Toffees turn this situation around swiftly?
Of course, there’s a long way to go in this campaign, but things will have to get a major overhaul sooner rather than later. This is especially relevant considering the Christmas period and winter fixtures are quickly approaching.
A change in system may be the way forward in order to help gain those much-needed better results. So far this current campaign Silva has started every single league game with a 4-2-3-1 formation and it’s clearly not working as best as it could. If the coach wants to maintain this tactical approach for the remainder of the term, rather than switching to playing two men up front or deepening his midfield ranks, then new personnel will be required in January (if he lasts that long).
The players are there to help oversee a revival, with plenty of top talent currently within the ranks, but some are currently being underutilised. One star that had such high expectations placed on him was Moise Kean, who arrived from Serie A giants Juventus with a massive reputation. Though he has been highly limited in playing time, finishing a full 90 minutes on just one occasion domestically and being used as a substitute primarily under Silva. Maybe showing more faith in the youngster can help rejuvenate performances.
There has been no consistency at all and they can’t seem to find any form at home or on the road lately. It’s a poor streak that could also ultimately cost Silva his job at Goodison Park if he doesn’t guide the Toffees to more encouraging performances and results anytime soon. But the aforementioned tweaks could potentially spare him the boot and prolong his time in the top tier.
Dismissing a manager is something that occurs a lot every campaign in the Premier League. Sometimes it helps rejuvenate a club, with Manchester United being a prime example when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho. But that was only short term and their form has since dipped dramatically. On the other hand, replacing a coach midseason can have an even worse effect. But it’s something Everton’s hierarchy may have to consider soon if the results don’t start to pick up at this important stage of an already stuttering season.
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