There was a certain amount of anticipation leading up to the Watford and Everton match as former manager Marco Silva returned to his old stomping ground.
However, it didn’t turn out how the manager would have hoped. Silva and Everton left Vicarage Road with zero points, something all too familiar with the Toffees on the road this season.
From team selection to tactics, Everton were all over the place. Pressure is now starting to build up against Silva as his men have only won three of their last 13 Premier League matches.
To make matters worse, on-loan central defender Kurt Zouma received a red card during the final minutes of the match. He is now set to miss the Cardiff City clash in two weeks.
Now closer to the relegation zone than to Chelsea in sixth place, Everton will have a tough road ahead.
Are there any positives that they could take from this match moving forward? Here are my four findings.
Marco Silva is walking a tightrope
Another match, another defeat for Marco Silva and Everton. This makes it four losses in their last six Premier League matches.
Silva’s tactics are starting to resemble former Everton bosses Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman. He seems stubborn in his formations and fitting square pegs into round holes.
While there has been backing by Everton majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, Silva should be worried if results don’t start to change soon.
Sigurdsson shouldn't be starting
Everton paid a whopping £45million for their Icelandic midfielder. Besides a few excellent goals, Sigurdsson just isn’t producing. He produced 15 passes against Watford. 15! That is unacceptable. Period.
Evertonians were expecting better results from him this season as he is now playing in his preferred No. 10 position compared to out on the wing primarily under Koeman. But the results remain the same.
The youngsters must start
Tom Davies, Ademola Lookman, Jonjoe Kenny and Dominic Calvert-Lewin need to start the rest of Everton’s remaining matches. It’s as simple as that.
All four players are the future of the Toffees and now is the perfect time for them to continue developing and gaining experience.
Davies and Kenny were particularly useful against Watford. Both showed intent with forward-moving passes and determination. There are still some rough areas in all of their games; however, if Silva is genuinely safe in his job, he should start them moving forward.
Richarlison needs to step up
Richarlison’s return to his former ground didn’t go as planned for the youngster. It seemed he spent most of the time on the ground instead of running on the pitch.
This is something that has frustrated Evertonians since his move to Goodison this summer. Richarlison has all the talent in the world, but he needs to stop with these antics.
He was nonexistent during this match; whether that is due to tactics or not, though, is another story.