5 Things We Learned From Everton 0 - 2 Manchester City


Silva is in danger of turning into gold

The little Spaniard is already a legend at the Etihad, just ask any of their supporters, to many he’s the club’s greatest player ever. Worryingly for everyone else he’s getting better.

Silva has been used from the flanks on numerous occasions, and such is his ability he has shone, but his best position is undoubtedly as a number 10. It looks as though he will be allowed to play there this season as Yaya operates from a deeper role.

He pulled the strings at Goodison creating numerous chances that the likes of Raheem Sterling failed to convert, also hitting the post himself. If this is him getting into his stride at the start of the campaign, he’s going to be unplayable by October.

 

Everton are much better than last season

The Toffees were well below par last term and they had to come back stronger for the new campaign. They’ve done that well and in Romelu Lukaku they look to have a striker reborn.

They stood toe-to-toe with an excellent Man City team in this match and special mention must go to the defending of Seamus Coleman, who could so easily have been overrun. The Irishman was the stand-out player in the second period.

The likes of Lukaku, Ross Barkley and hopefully, John Stones will be pivotal for Roberto Martinez’s men but on this evidence they are every bit as good as the likes of Tottenham and Southampton. A top seven finish is by no means beyond them.

 

Navas has been resurrected

When he arrived at Man City Jesus Navas looked a superb signing but despite a few eye-catching performances he has never quite hit the heights many expected him to. The arrival of Raheem Sterling suggested it could be the end for the ex-Sevilla winger but instead he has thrived.

Navas impressed at Goodison, causing young full-backs Brendan Galloway and Tyias Browning endless problems with his neat footwork and ability to beat his man. In the first half alone he created two chances. City may not need Kevin De Bruyne.

The decision to play Silva as a 10 allows Navas to link-up with his countryman and as a duo they can be devastating. Navas could have had at least one goal himself and the World Cup winner looks set for his best season in a City shirt.

 

Stones could have said goodbye

The England defender has been a Chelsea target pretty much all summer and an improved bid around the £35m mark is expected come on Monday morning. Add into that another shaky John Terry display and Stones could be wearing a different shade of blue next weekend.

He was solid again here and his ability on the ball was evident as he regularly stepped out of the back four and played one-twos with his team-mates. If he does leave Gooidson then he will be a massive loss for Everton.

The sight of Ramiro Funes Mori, the Argentina centre-back, in the crowd with an Everton scarf around his neck implied his arrival was imminent. It is unlikely he has joined to sit on the bench

 

City are now everyone’s ‘second’ team

It was Newcastle in the 90s and probably Arsenal in the late 00s. When a team plays the best football and entertains the watching public they are usually taken to the hearts of most football fans. City have become that.

Their sharp, incisive football is a joy to watch and in Silva they have a player that even the odd United fan will secretly admire. They’re a team made up of likeable chaps and when Raheem Sterling is a top club’s most loathed player they’re doing OK.

City will be the team that people turn on the TV to watch this season and they are a team worth paying to watch.