Marco Silva has enjoyed a decent start to his Everton managerial career so far and his transfer business in the summer has certainly been a positive point.
Richarlison, Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina have all proven to be shrewd signings for the Toffees, but it’s perhaps the arrival of Lucas Digne that represents a serious obstacle the manager has already overcome.
Silva has had the confidence to integrate Digne into the left-back role and managed to phase out club legend Leighton Baines without too much fuss from supporters.
The Merseyside club are looking to progress forward and 25-year-old Digne has taken the main role from 33-year-old Baines in order to help that process.
Silva should look to repeat that blueprint in the next couple of transfer windows to find a suitable successor to right-back Seamus Coleman, who is an extremely popular player at Goodison Park.
Coleman, 30, is currently captaining the Everton side and has been an extremely consistent player over the years for them.
But the full-back hasn’t looked the same player since his return from a long-term injury and this season is failing to make a major impact going forward.
Coleman should be disappointed with his return of one goal and no assists this season given the fact he has the licence to bomb forward, which suggests that he may be on the decline.
It’s far too soon to write the Republic of Ireland international off and Everton should stick with him as first-choice right-back for now, but beginning preparations to find a successor would be a smart idea.
Silva is looking to oversee a transition at Goodison Park and that may include waving goodbye to some favourites.