Since arriving on a free transfer back in the summer, Bernard hasn’t really imposed himself on proceedings in an Everton shirt despite showing flashes of his obvious talent.
The Brazilian international has so far registered just two goals and three assists, which isn’t really good enough for an attacking midfielder with 30 appearances to his name this season.
However, as we see time and time again, sometimes foreign players need time to settle in the Premier League, especially a man who has only ever played in Brazil and Ukraine throughout his professional career.
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As we enter April, the 26-year-old is finally starting to show the Toffees what he’s all about.
His latest performance in the blue of Everton saw him put in an excellent showing against West Ham at the London Stadium as Marco Silva’s men won by two goals to nil.
Bernard managed to grab a goal in the 33rd minute to wrap up the three points after Kurt Zouma opened the scoring, although his strike was merely the icing on the cake of what was a well-rounded showing.
The diminutive attacker made two key passes and embarked on three successful dribbles, showing the side to his game that we’re all starting to become familiar with.
However, what proved to spectators that the Brazilian is starting to adapt to the rigours of the English game was his industry off the ball and his desire to help his teammates out defensively.
Bernard made two clearances, one tackle and one interception to evoke memories of other bulldog-like South American attackers seen over the years in the Premier League such as Carlos Tevez and Luis Suarez, the likes of which become heroes to their respective fan bases because of their immense work rate.
If Everton can get these kind of performances out of Bernard on a weekly basis, the former Atletico Mineiro man will become a key asset for the Merseysiders and could turn out to be one of the best transfers in the club’s recent history.