Inside Track: Everton

By SFC Media time Thu 16 Aug Everton v Saints
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Get the inside track on this weekend's opponents from Everton's Liverpool Echo reporter Phil Kirkbride.

Were there any clues about how Everton will look to play this season from last week’s 2-2 draw with Wolves?

Being reduced to 10 men just before half-time forced Everton to rip up their tactics and start again.

But one of the big things we were able to take from the second-half especially is that Everton will be far more attacking and adventurous than they were last season.

Silva likes to play 4-3-3, although that has variations within it, and currently resembles more of a 4-2-3-1

What kind of match are you expecting from both sides? What will be the keys to the game?

The expectation is that Everton will have the bulk of possession so the key for the Blues is how patient they are and how creative they can be.

Defensively, there remains question marks for Everton but it remains to be seen if Kurt Zouma, a deadline day signing, will be included.

At this stage it's likely the game will prove too soon for Yerry Mina.

Of the new faces, who are Everton fans most looking forward to seeing this season?

It will come as no surprise to Southampton fans reading this when I say the dangerman for Everton will be Richarlison.

The Brazilian had been the highlight of a disappointing run pre-season performances and he carried that form to Molineux.

Richarlison was excellent, in attack and defence, last weekend. Evertonians have instantly taken to the 21-year-old.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Richarlison of Everton celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

It has been another very busy transfer window for the club, how do you anticipate the results of this summer’s activity playing out compared to last summer’s?

Everton have changed manager but, perhaps even more importantly, changed their director of football.

Marcel Brands has been tasked with trimming a bloated squad, reducing the club's wage bill whilst, at the same time, using his extensive contacts and experience to find some of the best, young talent in Europe.

Everton are very happy with the business they managed to do this summer but, as ever, the proof is in the pudding.

After a long pursuit, Marco Silva is finally beginning a Premier League season as Everton manager; what early impressions has he made on Merseyside?

The early signs have been positive, reinforced with the way the team played on Saturday in difficult circumstances. Silva appears to be a very demanding coach and after the season Evertonians endured, it's what fans want to see.

It's early days but the manager wants to bring an attacking style to the club, he's big on pressing as well.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Marco Silva, the Everton manager, shouts instructions during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

What would be considered a successful campaign for the Toffees?

It's a really interesting question.

At a very basic level, a higher finish in the league with 7th, usually, good enough to book a return to the Europa League.

But for many supporters, the success of this season will also hinge on the style of Everton's play, that the team has vibrancy and an identity again. They want to see progress and signs of hope for the future.


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