Marco Silva Under Pressure To Get The Best Out Of Big Money Everton Signingsby Sean Raymond / 27 July 2018, 11:27Tweet
Marco Silva is a Manager that needs to produce over a prolonged period in the Premier League.
The Portuguese gaffer has been a breath of fresh air at times during his spell in England but "impressive spells" are no longer going to be enough as he gets ready to start his first season with Everton.
Silva almost kept Hull City up during his first experience in England before starting his time as Watford Manager in stunning fashion. The first few weeks of Silva's reign at Vicarage Road saw excellent football and impressive results, but it didn't last.
Interest from Everton appeared to unsettle all parties and after that Silva and Watford fell out of love. A series of terrible results followed and it ended with the an acrimonious divorce.
Silva does now finally find himself at Everton but this is the time for the 41-year-old to produce the goods. A short spell of good football is not going to suffice at Goodison Park with a crowd who are demanding long term success.
Thank you to Everton for the confidence put in me, and to the fans for your kind messages. I look forward to meeting you all soon at Goodison Park! #theblues #thetoffees #everton pic.twitter.com/WMXdIyygFc— Richarlison Andrade (@richarlison97) July 24, 2018
The money has been spent at Everton in recent years with another £40m forked out for Richarlison this week but that brings with it a certain amount of pressure. There can be no excuse for anything other than a top eight finish in the Premier League but there are already one or two worrying signs.
A 3-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn was a startling result, even for pre-season, and although it is no time to push the panic button, there is no room for a slow start this term.
Richarlison will need to produce the goods in a way Sigurdsson didn't last term having arrived for big money and that is the key job for Marco Silva.
Cenk Tosun is clearly fantastic in front of goal but he will need those creative players to supply him with enough chances this season if Everton are going to want to get close to challenging the big six.
Richarlison and Sigurdsson are the two important parts of the jigsaw and Silva will know that his success with the Toffees could rest on his ability to get the best out of those two. Both have wonderful quality but the Icelandic star has not shown it enough during his spell on Merseyside, whilst Richarlison needs to prove he can handle the pressure of a big move having faded during his time with Watford.
Marco Silva has proven he is a talented coach, but can he take the helm of a long term project and lead Everton back to where they believe they belong?