Regular Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has used the September international break to reflect on Everton’s start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign, and with two wins, a draw and a loss for manager Marco Silva’s side so far, Merson actually believes the hugely disappointing defeat to Aston Villa, will actually prove to be the turning point for us.
Having lost 2-0, back at the end of August with us only managing to get one effort on target, we took EFL Cup victory over Lincoln City and then took a hard fought three points off Wolverhampton Wanderers, and quoted by Punchng this week, the former Arsenal and England man credited Silva for making changes after the Villa clash, and utilising Alex Iwobi far more, as in his mind, he’s one of the players now making the side click.
“Getting beaten by Villa was a blessing in disguise. I think it woke a few players up. Marco Silva changed his team after that and it’s starting to click. They’re a better team now with Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean. Both have to play. If he sticks with it they won’t be miles away.”
Merson probably has a point, but you also have to factor in players setting, learning what Silva wants from them, and gelling with their teammates. So although I can’t overblow the Villa defeat and call it a turning point, I think we’re now seeing slightly better from people simply because they are now settling in and the hope is, after the international break, there will be further improvements.