In the course of 12 months, Everton have had four different managers if you include David Unsworth’s short stint in temporary charge following Ronald Koeman’s departure.
Marco Silva is the latest man to be handed the keys at Goodison Park and has seen his side struggle for consistency in the opening weeks of the campaign, winning three, losing two and drawing three in the opening eight matches of the season.
A slow start to the season saw the Toffees win just one of their opening six matches, before bouncing back prior to the international break with back-to-back wins over Southampton and Leicester City.
Those victories have proven to be decisive for Silva as it means his side are showing slight improvements compared to Ronald Koeman’s start last season, whereas a failure to win those matches could have led to increasing pressure.
12 months ago, Koeman’s Everton had eight points to their name from eight matches after losing half of those fixtures but it is fair to say their start last year handed them a much more difficult selection of fixtures.
At this stage last season, Everton had already faced Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester United, while the only top-six side they have tackled this year is Arsenal.
That means the jury is still out on Silva and whether his vast spending spree has been worth it, with a crucial run of fixtures in the next month seeing the Toffees face United, Chelsea and Liverpool.