Ian Wright says Everton target Marco Silva could have what it takes to manage a top-four Premier League side, if he turns down the vacant managerial role at Goodison Park.
The Toffees have made Silva their prime target to succeed Ronald Koeman with Watford rejecting an approach for the 40-year-old last week.
It remains to be seen whether they will improve their interested in the highly-rated Portuguese, but Arsenal legend and pundit Wright believes he should stay put.
“I personally think if he stays at Watford for another 18 months, I think they’ll do well, I think he will get maybe an even bigger job (than Everton),” said Wright.
“He could easily go from Watford to a top-four or a top-five club,” the Arsenal legend told Sky Sports’ The Debate (Tuesday, 10pm).
Silva has built a reputation as one of the best young managers in the Premier League.
He took charge at Hull City last season and improved the team, but was unable to keep them in the top flight.
He singed a two-year contract as manager at Vicarage Road in May and has only taken charge of 12 Premier League games as Hornets boss.
Everton under-23 coach David Unsworth is currently in caretaker charge at Goodison Park after Koeman was dismissed last month, less than 24 hours after the 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal in the Premier League.
The Toffees have won one of their last ten matches in all competitions and caretaker boss Unsworth’s only victory in temporary charge came against Silva’s Watford earlier this month.