Everton are set to take on Watford at Goodison Park on Saturday, in their first home game of the new Premier League season. The Toffees’ campaign got off to an underwhelming start last time out, as Marco Silva’s side ground out a dull 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace.
The Portuguese coach will be hoping for a better performance from his side in front of their own fans this weekend. However, on the pitch matters will not be the only thing on his mind at present. Whilst the European transfer window remains open, there remains a chance that some of his players could still be prised away.
One player who has been linked with a move away from Merseyside is Morgan Schneiderlin. The 29-year-old midfielder has been in and out of the Everton team since his arrival from Manchester United in 2017. He hasn’t started this season well either, as he was sent off against the Eagles last week.
However, Silva is adamant that the Frenchman’s future remains at Goodison Park. In his recent press conference, as recorded by the Toffees’ official website, he said, “Morgan Schneiderlin, if he is linked with other clubs, it is not important to me…Morgan is part of our squad. When I finished the squad last Thursday, he will be here until the end”.
Silva should not be so set on keeping Schneiderlin. If an acceptable offer is made for the midfielder then Everton ought to take the money. If the club are serious about pushing for Champions League qualification then Schneiderlin belongs in their past. He has been largely disappointing since his switch from Old Trafford and is unlikely to improve. Everton should now seek to move the underwhelming midfielder on.
Schneiderlin’s departure would make room in Silva’s squad for an upgrade to arrive in January. With Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin in his squad, Silva could cope without Schneiderlin. On top of that, academy graduate Tom Davies could be afforded more game time too, which would aid his development.