Sam Allardyce’s tenure as Everton manager is one that the majority of the fans will look back at with a certain sense of horror and shame, much like memories of that time when you were twelve and your mom caught you smoking behind the shed and spanked you to within an inch of your life.
At some low points of this 2018-19 season when Marco Silva’s side seemed mired in a morass and couldn’t get into gear, sections of the fanbase questioned the choice of bringing in the Portuguese manager, with the thought that Big Sam’s dour football could probably have brought better results than the flair and panache Silva has brought to the Blues.
However, the recent results against the top six, when the Toffees dispatched Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United in quick succession have quickly dispelled any such thoughts and emphasized the importance of patience and letting Silva and Marcel Brands implement what they’ve come to Finch Farm to do, knowing fully well that it will take at least another transfer window or two before we will see what their vision for this club is.
Silva has quite clearly said that his goal for his first season was to do better than last season, and he brought that up again speaking to evertontv -
“Like I said from the first day – it was our goal to do better than last season. We have already achieved it in terms of points. There is a big difference in terms of goals scored and conceded, too.
“Everything is different, and we want to improve more. My aim is to do things better and better and better.
With two games to play, the Blues have 50 points (9th), having scored 50 goals, conceded 44 and a +6 goal difference; last season under the collective trio of Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth & Big Sam, Everton had 49 points (8th), scoring 44 times, conceding 58 and a goal difference of -14.
Silva again reiterated that his squad is still in the process of getting familiar with each other and that as they settle in the side will look and play better, especially after the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace.
“Things are more settled, and the connections are coming more easily. The players know each other better and know our philosophy better. It is part of our process.
“Being more clinical and mature in the final part of the attack, with a lot of shots and our last decision [being better], we would have won against Palace.
“We were always in a good balance, dominating the game and creating chances. We deserved more but that is part of our process.
“It [the performance] shows us we are going in the right way.”
The Blues are headed for an important summer transfer window, and will be aiming to get their transfer business done early so that the squad can get well-settled before the preseason, starting with making the loan deals for Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma permanent.