Even the most positive Everton fan is beginning to run out of patience with manager Marco Silva. In all fairness to those fans, who could be criticised for being fickle or unrealistic, the Portuguese boss does himself absolutely no favours.
Everton were poor at the weekend with plenty of the usual suspects putting in insipid displays as Norwich City ran out 2-0 winners.
After the game, Silva came out with a quote that has infuriated the Everton fanbase.
As reported by the official Everton website, Silva bemoaned the lack of pace and mobility in the club’s attacking sphere.
“We did not perform at the level we should. The first half we did not play at the intensity or pace we should and did not have the mobility we needed on the pitch.”
Which immediately had Everton fans baffled. What was he expecting with, and all due respect to their other qualities, the velocity challenged Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun as the two central attacking threats.
Everton had three men on the bench in Alex Iwobi, Moise Kean and, in particular, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who have pace in abundance which might have challenged a largely relaxed Norwich defence.
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Silva, clearly knew that a lack of pace was an issue but did nothing to rectify the situation. In fact, instead of throwing on Kean during the hunt for a goal, he replaced Djibril Sidibe with Seamus Coleman, a change that effectively achieved nothing.
It was a poor display from the Everton players but yet again the coach got it all wrong and continues to alienate himself from the Everton fanbase in the process.
In the words of one irate Evertonian at Goodison Park when shouting to Bill Kenwright yesterday, he has got to go, hasn’t he?