Marco Silva has spoken about how he is looking to develop a certain culture at Everton that will go across all levels of the game much like how Pep Guardiola is building at Manchester City.
Both the Under-18 and Under-23s have tastes recent success and the manager insisted that it is imperative that the ‘Everton idea’ take root at the Academy level and run through all the echelons at the club to ensure future success.
Silva went on to tell evertontv that starts with there being one clearly recognisable method of play throughout the club.
“This is the perfect thing to do. We have to build – not my idea – we have to build the Everton idea.
“It will be perfect if we can have all the teams playing the same way. It is not an easy thing but it is our idea.
“Every time I meet with [Director of Football] Marcel Brands and our staff, it is our idea.
“It is not easy to do but it is our aim to do more and more – to prepare the young players better to come and one day play in the first team.”
The Portuguese manager took part in his first Academy Day earlier this week, where the progress of all the Under-6 to Under-11 players is highlighted at USM Finch Farm.
“It is really important for me to know all the players in the Club. We have our structure and it is something I want to be involved with [from top to bottom] as much I can.
“We organised a session for some of our young players and had a special day for them – not just Under 17s and Under-18s, some of our best young players.
“They enjoyed it and it was a really important moment for us to know them better – and something we will do as much as we can.”
The manager also added his congratulations for the Under-23 side that lifted the Premier League 2 title for the second time in three years.
“It was a fantastic achievement for them. Congratulations to David and all the players.
”It is really important and when you can grow winning titles and regularly playing decisive matches, you are preparing better for your future.
“When you achieve something so important, like they did last Monday, it means you are doing things well.
“They did a very good job. We have quality inside the Club and it is up to us to prepare them well.
“And the best way to prepare is winning titles and winning trophies.”