Danny Mills insists that Marco Silva will be given plenty of time to turn around Everton’s form which has seen them lose three of their last four Premier League games.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and Leeds defender says that while the Toffees are struggling for consistency they are not in the same dire straits as Watford or Wolves find themselves in at the bottom of the top-flight table.
With two wins, a draw and three defeats, including a 2-0 home loss to Sheffield United on Saturday, Silva’s men find themselves sitting 14th, three points off the relegation zone and four points adrift of Leicester City in third.
While a 3-2 victory over Wolves is their only league win since the middle of August, the Toffees losing to Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Sheffield United, Mills insists the pressure is not yet building at Silva’s door.
Asked how long the Portuguese boss would be given to turn things around, Mills told Football Insider: “A while, they’re not suffering, they’re not Watford, they’re not Wolves – struggling to pick up any points whatsoever. Last week if they’d have won they’d have gone third.
“They’re not a million miles away, they’ve got some good players, they’ve got a good squad, they’ve just got to find the right balance and consistency.
“The word is patience, there’s been some very good displays, there’s been some quality players brought in. A very similar side last season had a fantastic run towards the end of the season. They’ve just got to get back to that.”
Everton’s next Premier League outing sees them take on Manchester City at Goodison Park, Pep Guardiola’s side having trounced Watford 8-0 in their last top-flight fixture.
The Toffees’ biggest issue has been scoring goals, with three of their five strikes this season coming in the win over Wolves.