Everton are currently in a period of transition under new manager Marco Silva.
They cannot necessarily expect immediate rewards and league success but the style of football has already shown signs of improvement.
Nevertheless, Everton should have gone all out in the EFL Cup.
This was a very realistic chance for the Toffees to win some silverware but they have blown that opportunity due to Silva’s decision.
Silva opted to rotate his squad rather than play a full strength side against Southampton last night.
Southampton are in poor form and would have been there for the taking at Goodison Park had the first-team regulars played.
But Silva decided to make seven changes and give some fringe players the chance to impress.
The game went to penalties and Everton surely would have won if their usual starters were on the pitch.
Instead, the likes of Maarten Stekelenburg and Kieran Dowell got rare opportunities to impress.
Everton fans must be perplexed by Silva’s decision to take the EFL Cup lightly.
The Merseyside outfit have not won a major trophy since 1995 and fans will be craving success 23 years on.
With the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United already out, this was a major opportunity for Everton.
But now they have the league to focus on and another trophy slips out of their grasp.