Everton have spent close to £100m on players this summer, which meant there was an expectant feel at Molineux when the players ran out for the late kickoff on Saturday evening. It didn’t go quite to plan as an 80th-minute equalizer from Raul Jimenez denied Everton their first three points of the season, but there were positive signs nevertheless.
All in all, it was a very impressive point given the fact Everton played the majority of the game with ten men after Phil Jagielka was given his marching orders when a desperate lunge to win the ball back saw him go in late on Diogo Jota. The subsequent free-kick was taken from the wrong place and the Premier League will soon find out that you don’t give Ruben Neves any advantage whatsoever from a set-piece after he found the top bin with a delightful effort.
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Molineux will be a tough place to go for away teams this year so despite it seeming like two points dropped, coming away with one with ten men was a sterling effort. The time feels right for Everton to kick on and barge into the top six and under Silva, that could well become a reality.
The former Hull and Watford manager tends to prefer his players to get forward and play offensively but ultimately puts being well organized and structured above anything else. There’s a fine line as manager of Everton when it comes to getting results but also pleasing the crowds.
The Goodison faithful understand that both can be a tough ask when assembling a squad on a limited budget but now that the purse strings are open and there has been an influx of very good players arrive at Goodison Park, there is more of an emphasis on playing expansive football.
With Silva in charge after having been chosen as the man to be Sam Allardyce’s successor, Everton have the perfect man to begin the revolution and put the foundations in place for the Toffees to start competing at the right end of the table every year. The 2018/2019 season has the potential to see a shift in power and with Arsenal looking weaker than ever, Everton have a chance to knock down the door of the top six.
Manchester City and Liverpool are being touted as favourites to win the league but Everton’s red neighbours may find that Manchester United are more suited to posing a stronger challenge to City. The odds on Man Utd to win league 2019 may be as far out as 20/1 on the Betfair exchange but they could be the team the Toffees and the rest of the league have to keep pace with.
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As long as Everton can turn Goodison Park into a fortress and become hard to beat away from home then the Toffees could put together one of their best seasons in a long while.
Marco Silva has brought in players that can make that happen and looking at it on paper, Everton have one of the best squads in the league. There is an important blend of hardworking players and skillful technicians at Silva’s disposal now and with this abundance of riches, they should find a rich vein of form from the off.