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Marco Silva, Everton’s highly rated young manager, has made significant changes to the team’s style from last season’s drab tenure under Sam Allardyce. While the season is still young, the signs are encouraging. While Silva said in pre-season that he would use a 4-3-3, so far he has used a 4-2-3-1. This is possibly because he doesn’t have confidence in any of his midfielders to play as a deep-lying, playmaking 6, or possibly because he values Gylfi Sigurdsson’s ability to link with the double pivot from a higher position.

This aside, some of the other aspects that Silva highlighted as being key to his coaching philosophy are already evident in Everton’s play, and, with the signing of Richarlison from his former club Watford, Silva has strengthened his team’s ability to deliver that philosophy as well

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