Marco Silva has described Fabian Delph as a “big doubt” to feature against Southampton this weekend.
Everton had been hopeful that the England international would be declared fit to face the Saints at St Mary’s on Saturday, but Silva has admitted that he faces an uphill battle to be fit in time.
While the Everton boss didn’t rule out Delph’s inclusion, he did make it sound unlikely, which suggests that Morgan Schneiderlin and Gylfi Sigurdsson could both come back into the starting line-up.
Silva did also speak about the midfielders who haven’t been playing recently, and he challenged them to take their chances as Tom Davies has in the past month. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Silva said:
This is the time for all of the others to be ready and to get their chance.
I think Tom is showing that in the last few games, he’s doing well.
It will be a chance for possibly another to come.
With Davies, Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson likely to play, Beni Baningime could come onto the bench after doing so against West Ham, while Anthony Gordon could also be given a senior call-up.
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It’ll be a huge loss if Fabian Delph doesn’t pull through in time to face Saints, and if he doesn’t, Silva will likely be even more nervous with his job on the line.
Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson are both good players in their own right, but consistency hasn’t been easy to come by for them, and Davies isn’t exactly the ideal seniority figure to have in midfield.
Getting a result against a determined Southampton side will take all of Everton’s squad to rise to the occasion and fight for every last ball, and Silva will need those who come in to replace others to be up to the task if the club are to have any shot of leaving the South Coast in positive spirits.