Everton appear to be finding something like a rhythm under new manager Marco Silva. It is strange to think that the Toffees were in such a state one year ago. They were without a manager after sacking Ronald Koeman and at the wrong end of the Premier League table.
It was also a strange time of optimism.
Everton had money, infrastructure, a reputation as a team ready to break into the elite. They were similar, perhaps, to the Atletico Madrid side Diego Simeone took over in 2011.
Of course, the Argentine went on to turn Los Colchoneros into La Liga champions and Champions League finalists.
So when Everton were linked with the Argentine a year ago, it was a shock. As reported by the Sky Sports, Simeone was chairman Farhad Moshiri’s first choice to replace Koeman and he was willing to bankroll such an appointment. However, Simeone stayed loyal to his beloved Atletico and Everton were made to settle for the far less impressive Sam Allardyce.
However, Silva was Everton’s other big choice and in a long-winded fashion, they finally got the Portuguese in the summer.
Everton never really stood a chance of getting Simeone, but it showed ambition that had been lacking at Goodison Park.
Now, the hope is Silva can become the club’s very own Simeone in the years to come.