Everton again tantalized the league with a complete performance on Saturday, opening the door to the possibility that Marco Silva‘s side finally gets it.
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Theo Walcott said his side was ready to go from Moment No. 1 at Goodison Park, where a 2-0 win over West Ham United could’ve been doubled on another day.
“The sense of urgency was what we needed,” Walcott said.
“The game felt like we need to start taking our chances, we had so many. It showed how good we can be going forwards. We know the quality in the team, we know what to expect from each other.”
That urgency needs to come each week, and Marco Silva has borne the brunt of the blame for his side’s inability to deliver on a weekly basis.
The manager said the win was not a matter of his men showing up in his defense.
“It’s not that the players delivered for me,” he said on NBCSN. “We are a group who are a team. I’m big proud of them that we played football. This is how we worked from the first day since I joined the club. When I see them express themselves on the pitch like I saw this afternoon, that’s the main thing for me. The quality we showed from the first minute, the intensity, the pace… Very good performance, and the crowd was really good as well.”
With another nice run of schedule the next few weeks, the Toffees will have a chance to prove themselves a contender.
The Toffees are away to Brighton before a winnable League Cup match versus Watford, and that competition is something that could help Silva put a feather in his cap. Spurs then visit before match-ups with Norwich City and Southampton. Surely there are points there if Everton is anywhere near its potential.
Of course, given Everton’s problems finding any semblance of consistency this season, that’s easier said than done.
“There was a real purpose to our game today,” said Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Now replicate it.