Marco Silva insists Everton are “more than ready” to kick off their Premier League campaign at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
After concluding their transfer business with a memorable deadline day, in which the Blues landed Bernard, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes, the Toffees can now look forward to their trip to Molineux as they take on the newly-promoted side, kick-off 5.30pm.
Everton’s players have been working towards resuming Premier League action since their return USM Finch Farm on July 3. Silva insisted he has been satisfied with what he has seen in pre-season and revealed the Blues are raring to go.
“I am ready,” Silva said during his pre-match press conference at USM Finch Farm. “I am happy as well. The last month and a half has been really hard work here but everyone is happy and the environment is good.
“Everyone is working with a smile on their face ahead of tomorrow. For me and for us as a football Club we are more than ready.
“When you first look to the market you are trying to strengthen your squad. We signed the six players and of course you are happy. There is good competition between the players for sure and now is the moment to go on and continue working hard.
“Expectations are normal at a club like Everton. We want to win every game and do everything we can to do that. At the end we will see our position but everybody knows what our goal is.
“Now is the time for the players to work hard, to support them and for us to do well.”
Deadline day yielded three further additions to Silva’s squad, taking Everton’s tally of new faces to six for the summer following the signings of Richarlison, Lucas Digne and Joao Virginia.
There have also been a number of outgoings as the Blues trimmed their squad as well as strengthening it ahead of the new campaign.
In his press conference on Friday, Silva took the time to mention the hard work put in by Director of Football Marcel Brands, Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri, Chairman Bill Kenwright and CEO Dr Denise Barrett-Baxendale during a busy transfer window.
“The market is the market and of course when you go into it, you want to strengthen your squad,” he added. “At this moment, we look stronger but we have to now work with the new players, allow them to gel with the group and adapt to our way as soon as possible.
“We have had fantastic support from our owner, Mr Moshiri, and both Marcel and the Chairman have put in a lot of work with Denise to get these players in. They have done everything they could to sign new players for us.
“They have had to solve some situations for us because we have had to sell some players and send some out on loan as well.
“As we know, our squad has a big number and it was not only the players who were coming in, it was the other things we had to sort as well. They did fantastic.”