Marco Silva is encouraged by how quickly his Everton players are adapting to a “completely different style of play”.
Silva was pleased with various aspects of a vibrant Blues performance in last week’s draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers – singling out his side’s “attitude” for praise after they played for 50 minutes with 10 men following the dismissal of captain Phil Jagielka.
The manager will take charge of Everton at Goodison Park in a competitive match for the first time when Southampton visit on Saturday.
And he is targeting the positive result which would continue to swell his side's belief in his methods – and add to the buzz which has grown around the Club since Silva’s summer appointment.
“You are working from the first day to try to implement one philosophy and one idea and, of course, we need time,” Silva told evertonfc.com
“It is important as well to have good results for our players to believe more and have more confidence, because we are playing in a completely different way… it is a different style of play.
“It is important some results and performances support all these changes.
“I am happy with what we did [against Wolves] but not 100 per cent because we took one point. Everything we did, we have to transfer to tomorrow’s match to achieve a good result.
“We did well in some parts of the game – more with 10 players.
"But I am sure we have to improve many, many things from that game, which is normal in the first match with a new manager and some new players.
“I saw our attitude as a team, we played and worked, helping each other all the time. In some moments, we showed our quality as well.”
Mason Holgate replaced Jagielka against Wolves seven days ago and performed admirably having joined in full training only one week earlier.
The 21-year-old is working to recover full fitness after ankle surgery in March which curtailed his impressive 2017-18 campaign.
Silva admits Holgate’s authoritative display in the Midlands has presented him with a welcome selection conundrum this weekend.
Michael Keane and Kurt Zouma, signed last week on a season-long loan from Chelsea, are also vying for positions in the middle of the Blues back four.
Whichever starting XI he selects, Silva admits he is unlikely to deviate far from his own matchday approach. He was a near ever-present on the touchline at Molineux, coaching and urging his side – and he insists it is important to feel connected with his players during the match.
“It is important they know I am always there to give them the support they need in that moment, to give them instructions if we need to change something,” said Silva.
“That is my way to manage the match. In some moments I can sit as well, I do not only have one way. But in future we will see different things in different moments of the match.
“Mason did well in the 50 minutes he played last week. He lost three or four weeks of pre-season and if he had a full pre-season he would be in better condition than he is at the moment.
"When you have a new manager, new ideas and a completely different type of defensive organisation – everything is different from what they did last season – it is not good to lose time in pre-season.
“But now he is working hard to show me he is ready to play and I will take the decision between him and Zouma and Michael.
“He did well [against Wolves], which I expected.”