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Charlie Nicholas believes Marco Silva will go with an attacking team against Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.
Everton currently sit in 16th, two points from the relegation spots. If the Toffees lose again, it will be their seventh of the campaign, and it could force them back into the drop zone should other results go against them.
Nicholas told Sky Sports: “This is the game. There is no doubt that Marco Silva is under the most extreme pressure and the only reason he is hanging on is because of his home record.
“They did not play too badly at Liverpool, but the Tottenham issues are in defence and going forward. Does he have the right balance? Does Dele Alli deserve to be in the team? Why is Lucas Moura not playing? Christian Eriksen is a passenger at the moment, so he doesn’t belong in the team. There is too much confusion at Tottenham. The manager is not the problem but there is something within.”
“It will be an open game and Silva will pick an attacking team here. It is so hard to predict what will happen to either of these sides.”
Everton looked like they had just found the winning formula when they beat West Ham United two weeks ago. However, a 3-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion a week later has heaped the praise back onto Silva.
For this reason alone, the former Watford boss simply has to go for it. Should Everton sit back and invite pressure, the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen could have a field day, despite recent form.
Last season the visiting Spurs side put six goals past Everton in a 6-2 rout, and a similar result this time round could seal Silva’s fate.
The Blues have conceded 16 goals so far in the league, so Silva must think carefully about how to attack and not create holes in his side at the same time.
His team does appear to pick itself in an attacking sense, with Bernard out injured. Theo Walcott has two assists lately and is growing in stature at the club, whilst Richarlison scored again in midweek.
Elsewhere, Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged his fifth goal of the season last week, so he is surely in line for a start. Silva must go with the big guns, and leave players like Moise Kean benched for the time being.
It’s simple, the Portuguese manager cannot afford any more dropped points and Spurs are there for the taking on current form.
It remains to be seen if Nicholas’ prediction about Silva’s attacking team will