Everton boss Marco Silva will have been grateful for the international break after a run of defeats had left him on the brink. Just like last season, Silva has had to contend with a poor start to the season with several players failing to justify their inclusion into the first team.
This season was seen as one where the club could hit the top six following the nice end to the previous season. However, several players have regressed most notable, Andre Gomes and Richarlison – both players were a key reason for Everton Dynamism last season, with Gomes controlling the tempo of the game while Richarlison provided a threat from the wings.
This situation has left the club bereft of creativity with Sigurdsson having to do it all on his own. The wide flank which should also be strength for the club, with the likes of Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Bernard, has been disappointing.
Walcott has yet to show the pace and finishing ability that he possesses at the Emirates while Bernard has been off the pace this season. Iwobi has been gradually integrated into the team and has looked lively.
However just like his time at Arsenal his end product leaves much to be desired. The attack has also been poor with Calvert-Lewin not showing enough. Moise Kean has been used majorly from the bench and has shown glimpses of his ability.
Silva will have to devise a plan to change the current approach of the team or he could be the next manager out of the EPL. Everton are known for their patience with coaches and the club has spent big and their current position does not reflect their investment.
It would be interesting to see whether the international break would be the tonic required for the players to rejig them back to their best.