Everton got their first win of the Premier League season against manager Marco Silva’s former club Watford on Saturday, when Bernard sealed the 1-0 victory.
Alex Iwobi has increased the competition in wide areas during yet another summer where Everton spent heavily but the £120,000-a-week (Spotrac) star has responded in the best possible way.
And Garth Crooks, in his column for the BBC, was impressed, saying: “This was a performance reminiscent of Everton legend the late, great Alan Ball. Bernard was full of energy and ingenuity. All 5ft 4in of him ran the show at Goodison Park against Watford.
“The problem with Everton is managing expectations. Should the Toffees finish in the top six then their manager survives. Anything short of that then Everton’s fans will start asking their usual questions. It’s unfortunate for Marco Silva that Liverpool are doing so well.”
TBR’s View – Competition for places has seen Bernard raise his game
Bernard struggled to find his feet in the early part of last season, owing to a lack of pre-season, before coming into his own more as Everton improved in the latter stages.
Now, Bernard is a more established option than the likes of Iwobi, and he is making the most of that advantage as the man in possession of the shirt.
Scoring goals like Saturday’s are going to make him undroppable in the eyes of Marco Silva and perhaps the arrival of Iwobi has pushed him onto the next level.