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Fans believe Marco Silva can deliver

General preview 2019/20

Makings of a good squad

Marco Silva enters his second season at Everton knowing that securing European football is a must.

A strong finish to the previous campaign, where Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all crumbled in a Goodions bear-pit, has driven the belief that the Portuguese coach can deliver on Europa League football by the end of the term.

But key to Silva's plans has been to retain two key players on permanent deals and though Barcelona's Andre Gomes has been snapped up, the pursuit of Kurt Zouma has been significantly less straightforward.

Everton, as it stands, have positions that need strengthening before the transfer window shuts if Silva is to be given the tools he feels he needs.

But with a maturing Richarlison only likely to get better, Bernard with a proper pre-season under his belt, Gylfi Sigurdsson at his peak as well as Gomes and the arrival of Fabian Delph, the Blues already have the makings of a good squad.

Pre-season news

Need for a greater attacking threat

Kariobangi Sharks 1-1 Everton (4-3 on pens)

Williams.

Sion 0-0 Everton

Monaco 0-1 Everton

Coleman.

Wigan Athletic 0-0 Everton

Sevilla 1-0 Everton

Mainz 3-1 Everton

Gibson.

Werder Bremen 0-0 Everton

transfer window

Trimming a bloated squad

There remains lots of work to do - both signing players and shipping them out.

The problem is, they go hand-in-hand as director of football Marcel Brands tries to trim the bloated squad he and Silva inherited in 2018.

Rating: 7/10

Rating: 6/10

Jonas Lossl

A free signing after his release from Huddersfield Town, looks a smart addition, designed to put pressure on Jordan Pickford.

Rating: 10/10

Andre Gomes

Silva made Andre Gomes capture, permanently this time, essential and his £22m move from the Nou Camp again looks like being value for money.

Rating: 8/10

Fabian Delph

The surprise arrival of Delph from Manchester City initially underwhelmed many but given time to digest the news, and think about the player and his CV, it's another signing that has gone down well.

Rating: 7/10

Jean Philippe-Gbamin

A transfer that came out of the blue but looks a promising acquisition. Marcel Brands has built trust with the Everton fanbase and Gbamin will be given the opportunity to prove his value.

Rating: 10/10

Moise Kean

Everton have excited their supporters with this one. The Blues have lacked pace and directness up-top since the departure of Romelu Lukaku and Kean could finally fill the void.

Season predictions

European football back on the agenda

Silva's squad has been hit by the departure of Idrissa Gueye but there is confidence that Marcel Brands has found the right replacement in Jean-Philippe Gbamin as part of increased midfield options for the Blues boss.

The Portuguese coach is now settled at Goodison and a flying finish to the season bodes well for the new campaign as Silva has more time to ingrain his methods and playing style with a squad who will be stronger for having come through the difficulties of last winter.