Silva has committed first major Everton mistake that will come back to bite him
Everton confirmed on Thursday that defender Ramiro Funes Mori has been sold to Villarreal for an undisclosed fee and that may just be the first big mistake made by new manager Marco Silva.
The 27-year-old has penned a four-year deal with La Liga club Villarreal after completing his switch to Spain and will hope to reignite his stuttering career.
Silva has allowed the centre-back to depart Goodison Park after three years at the Merseyside club and in truth he should have been kept around.
Funes Mori is a ball-playing defender that would have slotted in very well to an attacking style of play, something that the new boss is renowned for.
He missed the majority of the 2017/18 season with a long-term knee injury and that has clearly made a lot of people forget that he was a real promising talent when he first joined Everton.
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The Toffees have needed to reshuffle an ageing backline to improve ahead of next season, but reintegrating Funes Mori would have been like a new signing and instead they could watch him go on to become a big success in Spain.
Funes Mori is comfortable in possession, strong in the air and can also be a serious goal threat when he pushes forward from defence.
The 19-time capped Argentina international will now hope to get his career back on track to help him break back into the national side and there is no doubt he has the individual taletn.
In other Everton news, they must abandon their £40m pursuit and turn their attention to a Championship flyer.