Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City piled the pressure on Everton boss Marco Silva at the weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side were clinical in a 3-1 victory over the Toffees at Goodison Park.
Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling all scored for the Citizens with Dominic Calvert-Lewin notching Everton’s solitary strike.
Despite a spirited display from Silva’s team, it was the third game in succession that they have tasted defeat and concerns will continue to grow among the supporters.
There is one factor that is perhaps surprising from Saturday’s contest regarding Everton’s performance and in turn, it highlights where Silva’s team must up the ante.
On Saturday the home side had eight shots on target against a City side renowned for dominating proceedings. It was the most any team has mustered against the champions whilst Guardiola has been in charge at the Etihad Stadium.
Despite testing Ederson eight times, Everton only managed to rustle the net once and there lies the problem which is crippling the Toffees at the moment.
Calvert-Lewin added to his tally for the campaign but neither he or his team-mates could find another way to breach the City rearguard.
If Everton are to improve and Silva is to keep his job, they must start to find the net on a more frequent basis than they are doing right now.
The Toffees languish in 15th place after seven games and perhaps more concerning is the fact that just six league goals have been scored this season.
On paper, Everton have a strong squad. Their stats, certainly in the way of shots on target, highlight that they can mix it with the big boys.
They quite simply have to start finding the net though.
Currently, the Everton squad is one which boasts massive potential. The time has come to develop a ruthless streak and start climbing the Premier League table.