After a much-improved performance last week against the champions, Marco Silva’s Everton will be looking to go one better this weekend with a trip to Burnley on the horizon.
With just one win in their last four Premier League games, the Blues boss is bound to be feeling the pressure.
However, he will take some positives from last weekend’s 3-1 defeat in that young striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, netted his fourth goal in as many games to draw the home side level late in the first-half.
And the Portuguese manager did confirm that he is pleased with how Calvert-Lewin is progressing and showing the willingness to get amongst the goals.
“All the strikers have that small detail to be a little bit more selfish, it is natural.
“The good thing and the most important thing for them is that they can score.
“Of course the confidence is different in the last few games, they have score scored four goals and that is important. It is good for him and it is a good sign as well.”
Silva is also pleased to reveal that Andre Gomes and Theo Walcott are back amongst the Everton squad and will available for selection ahead of this weekend’s trip.
When asked about the possibility of the return of Chelsea centre-back, Kurt Zouma, in January, Silva revealed that he would rather focus on the here and the now.
“It is too far [away] for us to talk about possible situations about what will happen in January.
“We have to keep full focus on our players and what we are doing to improve individually and as a team.”
Recent results have thrown Silva’s future into doubt over recent weeks, but he insists that his Everton side need to show a bigger desire and willingness to improve and with that, the results will come.
“First of all, we are not happy when we look at the table. We didn’t win the last few games of course [he was disappointed] because you work to win and we analyse and of course, we are not happy.
“I know one way in which we can win and improve, work hard, learn from mistakes and of course show bigger desire in the next game.”
The Blues travel to Lancashire on Saturday knowing that they will have a game on their hands. Sean Dyche’s men have had a tough start to the season and with only two wins in their previous eight games, they find themselves at the wrong end of the table.
However, Silva explains that it won’t be a stroll in the park.
“It will be tough, not just for Everton but for everyone who plays there. They play a specific type of game, really physical and they always want to challenge the opposition and have two strong strikers.
“It is always a game that we have to switch on from the first minute. They play on the attack, strong second-balls and of course we have to answer to that type of game.
“But when we have the ball we have to show quality, enough to create chances and find the right moments to attack them and in the end, our main goal is to win.”