Everton struggled badly against Tottenham Hotspur without Idrissa Gueye, as Marco Silva attempted to play his adventurous 4-2-3-1 system without a designating holding midfielder.
The result was a 6-2 thumping, as Spurs wandered through the centre of the pitch at will and as Silva went in search of a reaction against Burnley yesterday, a change of approach was needed.
Silva has not shown a huge amount of tactical acumen during his time in England but it was on show at Turf Moor; he came up with a 3-4-3 system which negated the lack of a holding player and allowed Lucas Digne and Seamus Coleman to push right on.
Playing Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson in central midfield was another sign of Silva’s boldness and it worked perfectly against a Clarets side who were ripped apart.
Seventh is perhaps the height of Everton’s ambitions this season and that win takes them to within just one place and one point of that goal at the halfway mark of the campaign.
Greater consistency is needed if Everton are to maintain that position and having a backup system in the absence of Gueye is essential to that.
Brighton are up next for Everton and Silva should stick with the same system at the Amex, to allow his side to keep their festive momentum going.