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TBR View – Is central role the future for Everton star Bernard?

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TBR View – Is central role the future for Everton star Bernard?

When looking at Everton’s starting XI for their EFL Cup tie against Salford City last night many would have immediately jumped to the conclusion that Anthony Gordon would be operating in the central attacking midfield role, with Brazilian winger Bernard on the left. 

In the end, it was the opposite, with Gordon putting in a sensational left-wing performance. 

Bernard, meanwhile, showed he might have an entirely different role to play for Everton this season.

The diminutive star was excellent in the playmaker role, moving the ball around with nonchalant abandon and skipping away from players at ease.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21:  (Photo by Emma Simpson – Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images)

It was a delightful display that conjured comparisons to David Silva or Santi Cazorla in that role. 

Bernard is known as a winger at Everton, as that has always been his role. 

 

However, the 28-year-old has often lacked the pace to be a genuine threat from out wide in the Premier League. 

But he has played as a central playmaker sparingly throughout his career and, if given the freedom to roam, can be as impressive as he was today. 

With Everton having Gordon coming through, as well as Alex Iwobi and Richarlison as left-wing options, perhaps Bernard’s future at Goodison Park could be in a more central role. 

Based on last night’s display, it might be the best place for him.

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