Along with Tottenham and Burnley, Everton are one of just three Premier League teams yet to make an incoming signing this summer but the new manager expects that to change soon.
"[I]t is clear for us what we need," Silva said after the 1-1 friendly draw against Bury this evening. "It's clear for me as well, our board and our owner, it is clear they know what we need. It is clear what our targets are and where we want to improve our squad well.
“Of course, the boys are working well and are working really hard but, like all the other teams, we want to improve our squad and be more competitive as well.
“[W]e want a normal number in our squad and we are working on both sides. Of course, after the next weekend I will start taking some decisions as well because we will have finalised the third week of pre-season and that is the moment to take some important decisions about our players as well.
“And we expect in the next few days the new players we need will start to arrive.
“I'm confident [of landing] our targets,” Silva continued. “If you ask me, in a normal situation it is not the perfect situation because this season the market will close early, this is new for us.
“In a normal situation we have maybe already signed one or two players, we haven't signed anybody yet but we have until the end of the market to sign our targets and it is something we have to do because we need and we need to give a signal for our team and for our fans what we want for the season.”
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1 Posted 19/07/2018 at 00:07:41
He will be more cautious from now on, whoever we have as manager. I for one can't blame him.<>Oh, by the way — get your skates on, Marco, the clock's ticking...
2 Posted 19/07/2018 at 00:30:47
Unfortunately that would require an outlay similar to last year, just not spunked on average to below-average wasters.
I genuinely believe Tosun is a forward we can build around, and Pickford has proven his worth to a larger audience. We have some very decent young kids who I feel won't let us down when called to chip in but, frankly, everything else between Tosun and Pickford could do with an upgrade.
3 Posted 19/07/2018 at 00:53:37
The likes of Klaassen, Sandro, Mirallas, Schneiderlin, Besic, Niasse, Bolasie and some of the youngsters have question marks that only Silva and co can evaluate. Maybe some of these can play a role, most probably not.
We can't be making any mistakes like before, patience is needed, and probably another couple of windows too.
We need patience, let's trust Brands and Silva. We'll get there.
4 Posted 19/07/2018 at 02:17:14
5 Posted 19/07/2018 at 05:33:00
6 Posted 19/07/2018 at 05:53:26
The one thing he does say is that there won't be wholesale in-comings.
7 Posted 19/07/2018 at 06:06:34
8 Posted 19/07/2018 at 06:28:56
Some of the other rumours on Twitter have suggested that any move for Malcom would be predicated on Lookman leaving. So, if you believe Sky, L'Equipe and The Mirror (all three say a deal is close) over the Echo (who say we've made no contact) regarding our interest in the Brazilian then you might put some stock in the assertion that Lookman could be on his way for around €20m.
I have no information either way.
9 Posted 19/07/2018 at 07:01:08
10 Posted 19/07/2018 at 07:58:22
Do you really think Tosun is or has been that convincing so far to make such statements?
It's early days but if, as I expect Everton will play a lone striker then all the evidence to me particularly at the end of last season, suggests Niasse is more capable of doing that than Cenk.
I'm not ruling him out but he looks a little fragile on the mobility front and in a team that lacks genuine consistent central midfield attacking support, I do wonder if many games will pass Tosun by.
I'm not even advocating that we should make do with Niasse (for me, I'd have still looked to add a more powerful athletic goal scoring dimension up front) but Oumar offers more unpredictability and just plain and simply more “nuisance factor” than anything else we have in the striking department at present anyway.
11 Posted 19/07/2018 at 08:02:32
Judging by the pensive look on his face at the end of last nights match the realisation of the size of the task on his hands may now have dawned on Silva.
12 Posted 19/07/2018 at 08:04:59
13 Posted 19/07/2018 at 08:05:27
Some were rested ready for two competitive games at the weekend. Hopefully Holgate and Lookman back in... Walcot as well – we lacked penetration down the flanks last night.
We will see very different line-ups overall at the weekend.
Looking forward to it – jumping on a plane at 4pm, Faro bound, so hoping for something closer to the team we hope to see come August without new signings.
14 Posted 19/07/2018 at 08:07:45
Im guessing the delay has something to do with the apparent lack of interest in our deadwood. They are desperate to balance the squad, rightfully so. Expect to see a few outgoing loans of players where we are still paying a % of their overblown wages.
16 Posted 19/07/2018 at 08:12:37
17 Posted 19/07/2018 at 08:14:22
I thought that Kenny made good progress down the right in the second half during the 30-35 minutes I managed to see. I was also impressed with Robinson and Besic played a decent game too.
18 Posted 19/07/2018 at 08:38:59
When the chips are down, we can always rely on Pickford... ;-)
19 Posted 19/07/2018 at 09:24:19
I have confidence that given a proper fitness and training regime and a game plan other than hoof and hope, then our youngsters will not let us down – especially under the captaincy of Coleman please.
Losing Lookman would be a real blow, but any signings must be young enough to have a re-sale value and be a clear improvement on what we have.
20 Posted 19/07/2018 at 09:57:27
His stats last season confirm this – he fed on scraps and took most chances, more so than Kane or Salah (if a valid comparison if possible).
5 in 12 starts under a Manager that played anti-football ain't bad – we'll see how many he gets when Silva has an attacking front three going for it.
21 Posted 19/07/2018 at 10:04:30
22 Posted 19/07/2018 at 10:10:23
If you play to his strengths, I can see a 25-goal season.
23 Posted 19/07/2018 at 10:30:56
I am not bothered by the Lookman situation. I don't think he's anywhere near as good as many seem to believe. He's very raw, not lightning quick, and has so much to learn.
Although he did well for Leipzig, he did have some dreadful performances and the Bundesliga is inferior to the Premier League. If he goes, Malcom is an upgrade. If he stays, he isn't ready to be a regular starter in the Premier League.
24 Posted 19/07/2018 at 10:48:11
25 Posted 19/07/2018 at 10:49:15
Like someone else said, we cannot hope to improve on last season if we have the same team minus some deadwood. We need a minimum of 2 quality players, sooner rather than later.
26 Posted 19/07/2018 at 11:00:27
There's that all too often used “world class” phrase being used again which is coined way, way too often these days.
Think Tosun is a decent forward, maybe in the Jelavic mould but world class goal scorer he ain't.
Players that had international class skills and scoring ability as strikers in recent years, Lukaku, Louis Saha etc etc — players who made their own chances with either pace power or skills
27 Posted 19/07/2018 at 11:08:38
To be honest, he only looks interested in the box. His general play has been woeful. It's worrying that Niasse looked more likely to score against Bury.
28 Posted 19/07/2018 at 11:30:43
We've been well & truly shafted by the over-inflated contracts Schneiderlin, Mirallas, Sandro, Klaassen, Williams & Bolasie are on. I think we'll be lucky to loan some of these players out and are going to be stuck with them for some time.
I've no expectations for this season, other than avoid a relegation fight, then anything else is a bonus!
30 Posted 19/07/2018 at 11:33:15
For me the problem was defence and midfield last season. We conceded the highest last season in the Premier League, so we need one big centre-back signing. Mina is being linked, I don't know if he is good though. In the midfield, we got Sigurdsson. Strikers were isolated last season due to tactics but, with Silva's tactics, we need someone who can create more.
Davies and Dowell are young they will hit their peak in two years time if they get proper game time, they need to start games but they will make mistakes and learn from it. So they will need protection from one of the three Morgan or Besic or Gana, whoever plays.
Shaqiri or Mahrez would have been great because of their Premier League experience but that hope is gone now. Outside the Premier League, I would prefer one of three Banega, Ziyech or Lozano, all three played well at the World Cup. If not them then it has to be Zaha.
Klaassen needs to go out on loan to a Premier League club.
31 Posted 19/07/2018 at 11:33:17
Not comparing the skills of each player merely pointing out that although pace is really important 99% of the time Giroud (just as an example) has managed to be a top player by playing to his own strengths, and pace was never one of them.
32 Posted 19/07/2018 at 11:50:58
The squad is too big and needs to be brought down to around 25 squad players. Get rid of 12/13 from the current squad and bring in 3 quality players.
It is clear what the fans expect, and that is attractive, quality football with good results, getting points from the usual top 4 clubs... and not more bullshit.
33 Posted 19/07/2018 at 11:54:43
I go back to the Jelavic (example) regarding Tosun, I think he will need men supplying him inside the box with really reliable service and men around supporting him, something every forward needs but some more so than others whilst there are those that cope quite well with the lone striker responsibility.
34 Posted 19/07/2018 at 12:04:10
35 Posted 19/07/2018 at 12:31:51
36 Posted 19/07/2018 at 12:39:02
37 Posted 19/07/2018 at 13:38:26
38 Posted 19/07/2018 at 13:49:36
39 Posted 19/07/2018 at 13:52:45
40 Posted 19/07/2018 at 13:57:16
"Scavengers around our rotting carcass."
41 Posted 19/07/2018 at 13:59:59
I just think, if Sam could get us to 8th, I don't see why Silva can't do better. Would people be happy with 7th and playing better football if we don't sign anyone?
42 Posted 19/07/2018 at 14:09:08
Silva seems quite confident we will buy soon; I don't know why but I trust him and particularly Brands to sign the right people for the right price in the right position. Right?!
43 Posted 19/07/2018 at 14:14:43
Do they buy a new winger, midfielder, or defender now (or in the next 3 weeks) in the hope that they can still shift the likes of Bolasie, Schneiderlin, Williams etc to European clubs afterwards?
We have a massive squad with an overblown wage bill and we definitely need to balance the books to a degree. But do we buy now and cross fingers that the sales will happen in August? What a mess Koeman, Walsh and Elstone(?) left us in!
44 Posted 19/07/2018 at 14:21:30
If a Greek team sent Mirallas back from a loan early, I think he will be very hard to shift.
45 Posted 19/07/2018 at 14:29:02
46 Posted 19/07/2018 at 14:30:57
Simply put: on the evidence of last season and his stats at Besiktas and for Turkey, Tosun does not require many chances to score goals. It stands to reason that, if the side can produce more chances for him, we should see more goals. If Tosun had a greater ability to create chances for himself, then I doubt he'd have signed for us for £27 million, if at all.
ps: I lost count of the number of poor games Lukaku had for us but it didn't stop his class showing through on plenty of occasions.
47 Posted 19/07/2018 at 14:34:07
48 Posted 19/07/2018 at 14:48:32
He scores goals (check);
He runs like a man possessed (check);
He makes most of the hopeful balls (check);
And overall he seems like a good lad (check).
49 Posted 19/07/2018 at 16:48:21
50 Posted 19/07/2018 at 16:53:51
51 Posted 19/07/2018 at 17:20:27
53 Posted 19/07/2018 at 18:21:27
54 Posted 19/07/2018 at 18:24:33
The good news is: If Tosun does have 10 goals round about Chrimbo, at least this manager will not ask him to play the second half of the season in his own half.
55 Posted 19/07/2018 at 18:35:04
56 Posted 19/07/2018 at 18:47:13
Sam Allardyce's win rate averaged above 40% for his various clubs, Silva could turn out to be worse than Martinez and I've found it very strange that Moshiri has pursued him in the way he did when he's done nothing to show he will get us into the top 6.
57 Posted 19/07/2018 at 18:54:40
58 Posted 19/07/2018 at 19:26:04
Transfer update: Niasse staying confirmed by Marco Silva.
59 Posted 19/07/2018 at 19:50:57
60 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:04:41
61 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:14:06
62 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:14:13
63 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:21:01
The fourth (Silva), was reported in the Echo today to have said that Niasse is here to stay as he is a useful in certain game situations. So, I guess Silva thinks he is good enough to play for Everton.
64 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:25:16
65 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:33:46
Apprehensive 3 Excited 2
66 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:35:01
He wanted to surround himself with the same type of people he worked with last year and was last seen taking scouting advice from Dougal...
67 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:41:34
68 Posted 19/07/2018 at 20:58:23
69 Posted 19/07/2018 at 21:03:42
Going by the article in the Red Echo, it seems like Sandro won't be anywhere near the first team. Silva mentioned Tosun and Calvert-Lewin, but no mention of Sandro.
70 Posted 19/07/2018 at 21:06:51
Welbeck and Phil Jones next? Hope not.
71 Posted 19/07/2018 at 21:14:59
72 Posted 19/07/2018 at 21:43:19
73 Posted 19/07/2018 at 22:38:08
I cannot see or expect anything in the new season other than consolidation as we try to turn things around.
Any of the faithful who think we will be challenging will be disappointed and we will be looking at 2019-20 to give it a real go.
74 Posted 20/07/2018 at 06:53:57
76 Posted 20/07/2018 at 09:43:12
77 Posted 20/07/2018 at 10:17:08
78 Posted 20/07/2018 at 10:37:38
79 Posted 20/07/2018 at 10:50:24
Fuck all happening any time soon.
80 Posted 20/07/2018 at 10:56:15
Last season, Arsenal and Giroud reeled us in and fried us like a kipper.
This season, it looks like we are enquiring about players from club above us. They may string us along and then pull the plug at the last minute. Knowing then they have taken us out of the game as a competitor.
Any dealings with clubs above us must have a deadline to avoid being left in the lurch for a year. If they have not signed on the dotted line by next weekend, walk away.
81 Posted 20/07/2018 at 12:33:22
82 Posted 20/07/2018 at 12:36:51
83 Posted 20/07/2018 at 12:50:21
Some things can't be rushed.
84 Posted 20/07/2018 at 12:53:49
I'm starting to worry now that we won't bring in anyone or if we do they will be crocks or more Ushited rejects. The window closes in 3 bloody weeks and we all know how poor our squad is. Koeman and Walsh royally fucked us over with last summers dealings.
Why Welbeck? He's injury prone and isn't prolific. We desperately need a new top class left back, centre back and a pacy creative goal scorer in midfield or up front.
If we don't sign anyone and if we manage a top 7 finish with this squad then Silva should be given a medal.
85 Posted 20/07/2018 at 13:44:20
86 Posted 20/07/2018 at 13:47:00
Without a quality left back? Baines is not a quality left back?
I can agree with "without a quality left back if Baines gets injured or as the season progresses his age catches up with him" but can't agree with "without a quality left back"
87 Posted 20/07/2018 at 13:53:12
88 Posted 20/07/2018 at 13:53:23
89 Posted 20/07/2018 at 13:58:09
90 Posted 20/07/2018 at 15:00:26
91 Posted 20/07/2018 at 15:21:14
Spending £20M on a player just now gets you a back-up. Did we misread it like in 1992 and all of a sudden >£40M is what you need for quality? In which case, we got lucky with Pickford and we have Sigurdsson.
92 Posted 20/07/2018 at 15:48:31
93 Posted 20/07/2018 at 16:12:51
94 Posted 20/07/2018 at 16:34:07
If we can get 4 quality players in then we will have 8 top class players who can carry the other 3 until the next window. Maybe Silva will be able to improve some of them. I just hope we don't ‘make do' and buy more mediocrity.
95 Posted 20/07/2018 at 16:35:52
96 Posted 20/07/2018 at 16:55:04
100 Posted 21/07/2018 at 17:44:16
101 Posted 23/07/2018 at 08:58:17
102 Posted 23/07/2018 at 09:21:02
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