EVERTON VS WATFORD: Silva undecided over Iwobi
Marco Silva must decide whether to include new signing Alex Iwobi in his Everton squad to face Watford today. The winger was a deadline-day signing from Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £35million but was not included in the 18 for last weekend’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace. Silva said of Iwobi: “It’s …
Marco Silva must decide whether to include new signing Alex Iwobi in his Everton squad to face Watford today.The winger was a deadline-day signing from Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £35million but was not included in the 18 for last weekend’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace.
Silva said of Iwobi: “It’s a matter of us (needing) to put him in his best physical condition possible. Of course we’re trying to do it as fast as possible. It was a difficult week for him, which is normal. It was difficult the week before for JP Gbamin also. Just one week working with the team, but it is what it is.
“He’s working really hard and well, like all the others, and it is up to me to decide whether or not he is on the squad list for today.”The likes of Iwobi and former Juventus youngster Kean have been brought in to that end, and Silva said: “Of course if you keep a clean sheet you are closer to win a football match, now we have to do the opposite in the other box: to be more clinical, to convert the chances we keep creating.”
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Silva said: “It’s a different squad, I never said it’s stronger and better. If it will be strong or not, we have to prove during this season. We signed good and important players but we lost really important players also. It is our goal and ambition to do better things this season.”
The expectation from fans will certainly be that the Toffees can force their way back into the top seven, and perhaps even higher, with home form crucial.Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Moise Kean were given debuts as substitutes, and the former could make his first start this weekend. Andre Gomes is a doubt after limping off with an ankle injury at Selhurst Park and Morgan Schneiderlin serves a one-match ban following his red card.
Last weekend’s clean sheet was Everton’s ninth in their last 12 Premier League games and Silva is hoping they can make improvements at the other end as they look to better last season’s eighth-place finish.They won their final four home games of last season and Silva is looking for a strong start against his former club on Saturday.
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