‘Smash-and-grab win’ has been the term mostly used for Sheffield United’s victory over Everton this weekend, but for the Toffees, it goes deeper than that.
A Yerry Mina own goal and a neat Lys Mousset finish 11 minutes from time secured the Blades their first win away in the Premier League since 2006, yet for the home side, was a game that truly showed the difficulties facing them, and Marco Silva is the man that has to somehow find a resolution.
Expectations were high for Everton heading into this season. Despite the departure of Idrissa Gueye, the Merseyside club managed to sign well, bringing in the likes of Moise Kean from Juventus as well as Alex Iwobi from Arsenal on deadline day, yet despite these exciting arrivals, things appear to have gone backwards for the Toffees.
Two defeats in a row against opposition fans expected Everton to easily walk over now seen the Toffees sit 14th in the Premier League table with only two wins picked up from a seemingly easy first six-games for Silva’s side.
With so much money poured into the club over the past two years as figures from Transfermarkt show, it seems unfathomable to think a side like Everton can be this low in the Premier League with the star power and quality they have, yet here we are in late-September, with Silva and his squad currently three points above the relegation zone.
A big red target is currently painted on Silva’s back in only just his second season with Everton, and if things don’t continue to improve under the Portuguese manager’s once-promising reign at the club, he could soon find himself out the door if things don’t improve for the Toffees, who have let their supporters down over the past few weeks.