According to The Mirror, Marco Silva is eyeing English midfield duo Jack Wilshere and Ruben Loftus-Cheek as potential additions to his new-look Everton team. The Portuguese was given the nod to take over from Sam Allardyce earlier this summer and signing the offensive-minded pair would certainly bring the Toffees a lot closer to producing the kind of entertaining football that supporters craved during the former England gaffer’s underwhelming stint in charge.
But could there be unforeseen negatives to Everton snapping up Wilshere and Loftus-Cheek on a free transfer and most likely a loan respectively? How will their arrivals affect the makeup of the squad and the balance of the team? Football FanCast take a look at three potential consequences – some good, some bad – of Everton pulling off a double swoop for the English midfielders this summer.
Davies’ development has been one of the biggest success stories at Goodison over the last few seasons but a midfield overhaul would appear to push the 19-year-old into the shadows of the engine room pecking order, especially as Loftus-Cheek is of similar age and Jack Wilshere – theoretically, at least – is entering his prime years.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Davies won’t be a part of the first team squad next season, but it certainly suggests Silva doesn’t have an overwhelmingly positive opinion of the youngster at this moment in time. For both Toffees fans and the England setup, Davies featuring in the side that won the Toulon Tournament earlier this year, that would be a real disappointment.
Sigurdsson arrived at Everton last summer and although he only managed to show it in glimpses during his first season, there’s no doubting the Iceland international’s immense technical talent. But Silva’s interest in Wilshere and Loftus-Cheek suggests the attacking midfielder probably isn’t an integral part of his plans going forward.
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A midfield trio of Wilshere, Loftus-Cheek and Sigurdsson would be far too offensive, leaving what’s already a rather shaky backline glaringly exposed, and if the latter’s difficult debut season proved anything it’s that he needs to be playing centrally with the rest of the team built around him. Wilshere and Loftus-Cheek don’t seem like the players to do that – in fact, they’re incredibly similar to Sigurdsson as offensive-minded No.8s – so perhaps Silva is already considering axing Everton’s club-record signing.
Silva’s used plenty of different setups during his time in the Premier League but started last season fielding Watford in a 4-3-3 with two roaming No.8s, in a similar style to what we saw from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City throughout their potent 2017/18 campaigns. It feels like the vogue formation at this moment in time, producing exciting football by taking advantage of a new breed of technically gifted, dynamic and mobile central midfielders.
Through their dribbling ability and creativity, Wilshere and Loftus-Cheek are ideal candidates for those crucial midfield roles, at their best when pushing forward from the engine room to make things happen in attack. It seems like the most logical setup to maximise the qualities they bring to the team, and it certainly fits into the Premier League’s current tactical trends.
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