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Silva provides transfer updates on key Everton loan duo and striker role

SB Nation logo SB Nation 5/4/2019 Calvin
Kurt Zouma playing a game of football © Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manager’s comments after Blues beat Burnley on Friday night

Everton easily disposed of Burnley 2-0 yesterday in the last game at Goodison Park for the season. The Friday night feature was followed by a lap of appreciation, with the players and their families roundly cheered by the adoring fans.

Speaking to the media after the game, manager Marco Silva was asked about the futures of loan duo Kurt Zouma and Andre Gomes -

“If we can keep our starting 11, that will be really important. Kurt and Andre are two high-quality players, our fans love them.

“It’s not in our hands, they have their own clubs, and after that we have to look for other positions. But the ambition of our owner is there, he wants to grow the club, but we are doing things in the right way, step by step.”

One of the positions the Toffees will need to look long and hard during the summer transfer window is striker, and Silva seemed to indicate that there could be some action there.

“Since Romelu Lukaku left our club, always it will be the same conversation. Having one striker who scored 20 goals every season, everyone is asking who can step in?

”We have to first respect Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun, and Richarlison. If you ask me if I want to improve our squad, of course I do.”

The Blues started the game on fire and early on had ten attempts on goal before Burnley had even registered a shot.

“Our first 30 minutes was fantastic, almost all the first half was excellent, but for the first 30 minutes we did really well.

“We played offensive football with quality and there was a fantastic reaction every time we lost the ball.

“It was everything we planned and everything I want to see. We deserved the three points and all the credit goes to our players, they did well again.

”And to our fans, they repeated the atmosphere from our past four home games. When they are really behind us, and we are giving them what they desire, we are really strong.”

Silva was pleased with the performance not just yesterday but with how the Blues are closing out the season.

“The players have been doing well. The last 10 games we have had eight clean sheets and have been playing offensive football. The players have been enjoying what they are doing and we have achieved three points again.

“We were always in control. We deserved those two goals in that moment. I didn’t really like the second half.

“We were in control but gave some chances to them. We could do better.”

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