It hasn’t taken Everton’s new manager Marco Silva to choose the players that he wants to work with, and those that he will pass on. According to The Mirror, the gaffer has already identified a list that he will give new Director of Football Marcel Brands to offload, with one player that he is still uncertain about.
The report goes on to say that he will hold talks with Morgan Schneiderlin regarding his future plans after the midfielder had said during the season that he would be looking for a move away from the Premier League and back to France, ideally with his boyhood favourite club Olympique Marseille or Racing Club Strasbourg where he began his career.
Among the players that Silva has no interest in having on his squad is attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen. The Dutchman has had a rough first season settling in and was quickly dropped from the first team squad as the Blues got off to a torrid start to the season that resulted in Ronald Koeman getting sacked. There appeared to be no way back for Klaassen after Sam Allardyce came in, but Big Sam finally appeased the baying fans with giving him a couple of chances as the season drew to a close, but once again the former Ajax captain did not show anything worth hanging on to him for.
Veteran Kevin Mirallas was handed a brand new four-year deal at the end of last season to the bemusement of most fans, and true to form he barely served half a year of that before he was shipped out to Olympiakos on loan where he further continued his ignominious slide to anonymity after having his loan deal terminated for underperformance. There will be no room for him in Brands’ & Silva’s Everton.
Finally, old-timer Ashley Williams is going to be allowed to walk too as long as he can put one tired foot in front of another. The Welsh captain did not play again for the Blues after receiving a red card early in March against Burnley, and his presence was not missed whatsoever. He recently suffered broken ribs and a collapsed lung in a friendly international and is currently recovering from that injury, with one year still to play on his current contract.