There is one early notable difference between the Carlo Ancelotti and Marco Silva at Everton, when you take a look at the number of shots his side have had in their games.
Usually it can take a new manager a little bit of time to get his ideas and style of play across, but this happened in the Italian’s very first Premier League match at the helm against Burnley – perhaps suggesting the Portuguese was sometimes holding the team back at the same time.
The Toffees had 21 shots against the Clarets and attempted 521 passes throughout, while they actually bettered the former in the 2-1 win against Newcastle United with 22 and 435 respectively.
43 shots at goal in two games underlined Ancelotti’s mission with the Merseyside outfit – to entertain the crowd and get this side finding the net more often.
Only seven shots followed for the trip against Manchester City on New Year’s Day, but it was understandable for a couple of reasons.
Firstly they were playing away against a team that almost always dominates possession and chances at their Etihad home, while injury issues mean that the Everton squad has been stretched somewhat during the festive period – and it showed at times against Pep Guardiola’s men.
Still, 50 shots across three matches – including one away at the current Premier League holders – is no mean feat and shows the initial impact the former Napoli boss has made since succeeding Silva.
While there has been an improvement, Everton still need to find that clinical touch as from those 50 efforts, they had just four goals to show for it.
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Meanwhile, a BBC Sport report back in October stated that Silva was averaging 13 shots per game during his reign at Goodison at the time, which of course is a way off what the side achieved against Burnley and Newcastle.
They did have their moments under the former Watford boss including in the win against Southampton in November, when they had 24 shots in a 2-1 win at St Mary’s.
Stats like that were few and far between however, and they still only netted twice against a team that had been thrashed 9-0 at home by Leicester in their previous top flight home fixture.
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It seems clear already that Everton players are more willing to have a go at goal than perhaps they were before, and the fact they had the same number of passes (401) away at Man City as they did at home to strugglers Norwich City in November tells you all you need to know about what Ancelotti’s plan is.
It will now be interesting to see if he can get anywhere near 20-plus shots when they face Liverpool away in the FA Cup and then Brighton at home in the Premier League in the space of the next 10 days.
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