Martin Keown has claimed that speedster Bernard is someone pushing to start for Everton ahead of the Premier League fixture with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Toffees have kicked off the new season with four wins from four, with back-to-back league victories, as well as two Carabao Cup wins to reach the fourth round of the competition.
Bernard has been an unused substitute in league wins over Tottenham and West Brom so far, but has been a real standout in the cup appearances where he’s had an opportunity to impress his manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Brazilian 28-year-old has been a winger during most of his career, but he’s slotted in well as part of a three-man midfield and has been the attack-minded of a trio combination.
He’s looked the part in a new position against lower league teams, but it’s an unknown to see if he could replicate his high levels against Premier League opposition.
Keown has singled Bernard out as somebody that is knocking on the door to break into the league XI.
“Bernard’s midweek performance at Fleetwood suggested he is pushing to start, potentially ahead of Gomes,” Keown wrote in the Daily Mail.
Everton have been impressive at the beginning of the campaign and Ancelotti has settled on a midfield trio of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Gomes in the Premier League matches.
Summer signings Allan and Doucoure look like they could be mainstays considering the impact they’ve made at Goodison Park, but Gomes is perhaps the one under real pressure and he’s still trying to find top gear.
Bernard certainly deserves his first league minutes of the season in the Palace fixture and using him as an attacking midfield is a way of bringing more energy, as well as attacking threat to the XI.