Everton team news: Predicted 4-2-3-1 line-up to face West Ham as pressure mounts on Silva | Football | Sport
The Toffees currently sit 18th in table and it appears the patience of the top brass at Everton is running thin after the club spent over £100million on transfers in the summer.
And to make matters worse Silva is expected to be without several stars when they take on the Hammers due to injuries and a suspension.
Fabian Delph is recovering from a hamstring injury and is not expected to start, as he has yet to complete a full training session with the Blues this week.
Silva will also be without defensive midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, as the Ivory Coast international had surgery this week on a tendon injury in his right leg and is expected to be out for around three months.
Cenk Tosun has been ruled of the tie at Goodison Park, after the striker picked up a groin injury while on international duty with Turkey.
Silva will also be without club captain Seamus Coleman, as the Irishman will be serving a one-match suspension following his red card against Burnley.
Coleman is expected to be replaced with Djibril Sidibe, who is on a season-long loan from Monaco.
And with Delph unlikely to start, Silva is expected to pair Morgan Schneiderlin with Andre Gomes in midfield.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has four goals in nine appearances in all competitions this season, is expected to lead the attack, with Gylfi Sigurdsson sitting in just behind the 22-year-old.
Silva will be hoping Alex Iwobi and Richarlison can stretch West Ham on the flanks as both managers are expected to use the same 4-2-3-1 formation.
With Everton sitting in the relegation zone Silva knows the pressure he is under but ahead of the game he admitted it isn’t an issue for him.
“For me, pressure is never a problem and it is something I try to pass to my players every single day,” Silva said.
“Pressure is really good.
“It means you are at a club that wants to win, a club with big ambition, and it is the reality of our position.
“Pressure for us as a professional has to be a privilege, a pleasure, because it means we are doing what we really love, that we are working in a football club which is demanding for ourselves.”
Everton predicted line-up vs West Ham – Premier League
Everton (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Sidibe; Schneiderlin, Gomes; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Richarlison; Calvert-Lewin