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MARTIN KEOWN: Sort it out Marco Silva or you’ll get the sack

February 3, 2020


Everton are no longer a club that look up at others with envy. They are now a side willing to spend big money to get what they want In the last two summer transfer windows, they have spent more than £200million. Compare that to their final season under David Moyes, when they spent around £15m in total, and you can see the difference in ambition Against Millwall, their hopes of winning a first major trophy since 1995 were extinguished by three goals conceded from set pieces They all came from zonal marking, which we used at Arsenal. When that first ball comes in, you’ve got to win it, no matter what Take ownership of your area, win the header and clear the danger.Everton didn’t do that, and no club have conceded more goals from set pieces than them this season Manager Marco Silva clearly has work to do. This loss to a side sitting 19th in the Championship was a serious blow to their season What can they win now? They are out of the FA Cup, out of the Carabao Cup and sit 11th in the Premier League, 14 points off the top six Silva is in trouble and there are worrying similarities from his time in charge of Watford After a strong start at Vicarage Road — he won four of his first eight Premier League games in charge — it all began to go downhill The same is happening at Goodison Park now, with Silva’s side having only won twice in the league since November The speculation around his being wanted by Everton was cited as the reason he ‘lost focus’ at Watford So what is it that’s creating this lack of consistency now? Silva has no excuses and Everton will not wait to see if he can turn things around The expectations are higher now than when Moyes was in charge. If Silva does not wake up soon, he could find himself out of the job   Tottenham have been dumped out of two competitions in the space of four days, having not won a trophy in more than 10 years  I have sympathy for Mauricio Pochettino, who is having to fight to keep the players he has got The longer Spurs go without winning silverware, the harder that becomes. It’s a relentless workload in English football and the Spurs manager has had to deal with his fair share of injuries It has forced Pochettino to fast-track kids into his team, while money is tight because of their new stadium Pochettino is simply having to play with the cards he has been dealt.   Unai Emery overcomplicated things against Manchester United on Friday night The Arsenal manager changed his system when, really, he should have stuck with the same one that saw them beat Chelsea the week before  He was forced to replace Hector Bellerin with Ainsley Maitland-Niles at right back, but other tweaks left his midfield over-exposed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United duly punished them.   If Hudson-Odoi goes to Germany, it will be a real shameWhat a shame it would be if we lost Callum Hudson-Odoi from the Premier League The 18-year-old has never started a top-flight game but I have no doubt that the teenager could feature regularly for Chelsea in the near future Trouble is, he does not want to wait for those chances. He wants more than the occasional FA Cup outing now, and that is why it seems Chelsea may lose him to Bayern Munich in this window There is nothing wrong with him wanting to play, of course, but would Bayern use him in the Bundesliga? That remains to be seen Against Sheffield Wednesday yesterday, he gave glimpses of what he can do and his Premier League potential For me, Hudson-Odoi is already ahead of Pedro. I’d prefer to see him stay put.  Wimbledon were leading 3-2 against West Ham in the 88th minute when Scott Wagstaff received the ball by the corner flag He could have tried to waste time, but no. He wanted to go for the jugular. Wagstaff disguised a pass into the feet of Anthony Wordsworth, who then set up Toby Sibbick to make it 4-2 Job done. Wagstaff makes my team of the week because he was exceptional all evening, scoring twice in this historic FA Cup triumph for Wimbledon     I’m not a fan of having VAR available in some FA Cup games but not others. We saw on Sunday that Sheffield Wednesday had a penalty decision overturned by VAR, but the system would not have been in place if the tie was being played at Hillsborough  We also saw Millwall benefit from not having it in operation at The Den as they scored from a handball It’s inconsistent. If we have to use it, then simply introduce it from the semi-final stage onward  

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