Everton legend Tim Cahill makes Marco Silva ‘identity’ claim and tells Carlo Ancelotti to spend
Former Everton captain Tim Cahill feels Carlo Ancelotti is adapting well at the club, but feels he’ll need to make a raft of signings this summer.
The Blues have shown signs of improvement under the former AC Milan and Napoli boss, but have faltered in recent games as some familiar frailties have reared their head.
They were particularly disappointing in their most recent Premier League outing against Wolves as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Molineux – their second loss in the last three games.
And, speaking on Sky Sports ahead of the clash with relegation-threatened Aston Villa, which ended in a 1-1 draw, Cahill feels the current situation at Goodison Park isn’t quite ideal for Ancelotti, who he feels will need some reinforcements this summer.
“One thing he talks about is attitude,” Cahill said.
“For me, he’s inherited a team from Allardyce, Koeman, Martinez and Silva, and under Silva there was no identity.
“His mandate was to come in and maintain some level to keep the team stabilised. He’s done that.
“But now tactically, they’re defensive, well-organised and I can see they’re playing with a false full-back, when they score, they go to three centre-backs.
“He’s adapting to what he’s been given and he’s done the job. At the moment, is this the squad for him? Maybe not.
“He’s going to have to use the war chest. He’s going to have to go and get players.
“A manager has to adapt to the situation, and he has. The players now, with Bernard, and these sorts of players, they have to create something.
“You’ve got Gomes and Davies in midfield – they both do the same job. He needs one of them to break their neck – get in the box – help Richarlison, help Calvert-Lewin.
“When I look at it overall, Ancelotti’s doing a great job with what he’s got. It’s not his ideal situation.”
Cahill also praised Ancelotti for holding his players accountable, in particular goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who has come in for some criticism after some high-profile errors.
“It’s definitely the right approach because this is world-class players and the mistakes, switching off, it’s not good enough,” Cahill added.
“Carlo’s not used to that. He’s not used to seeing repetitive mistakes, it’s just carelessness.
“He should be switched on. There’s no fans, so there’s no pressure. It’s one thing that he’s got a lot on his shoulders – he’s a great goalkeeper – but when you invest such an amount of money, goalkeepers make the difference.
“They get you the points, they save you a game. I think Ancelotti is starting to show that he’s gonna hold his players accountable. That’s what Everton need now.”