Marco Silva says striker Cenk Tosun’s courage and industry epitomise what the manager demands from his Everton team.
Tosun contributed a selfless frontrunning display in the Toffees’ victory over Southampton last week and was afforded a thunderous ovation when he made way for Dominic Calvert-Lewin with 15 minutes remaining.
The forward also demonstrated great strength and sound awareness to tee up a goal for Richarlison in the opening-day draw at Wolves and Silva insists Tosun “has to be happy” with his start to the campaign – even if the Turk is yet to add to the five goals he scored last season after completing a January transfer from Besiktas.
Tosun has nevertheless struck three of his four shots this term on target and in the clash with Wolves contested 16 duels – more than any player on the pitch, teammate Richarlison aside. The 29-cap international visibly relished Southampton's physical approach, winning three tackles and putting his body on the line to earn his side three free-kicks in dangerous positions.
And Silva believes Tosun’s willingness to put in the hard yards serves as further evidence Everton’s players are quickly getting a handle on their new boss's methods.
“Yes, for sure [I like seeing that level of application from my players],” Silva told evertontv. "That is what we are building. It is part of our process. When you do not have the ball, every player has their role.
“Cenk knows his role. And after that… I want him ready to score, if he has the chance – and to be creating chances for others to score. This is most important for me and he is trying to do everything I am asking.
“He did well against Southampton. I know all our strikers want to score and sometimes are not happy when they do not – but he has to be happy.
“I know, and he knows as well, he has some things to improve. But he deserved everything our fans gave to him."
Silva will aim to maintain Everton’s bright start to the campaign on Saturday when the Toffees take on a Bournemouth side embarking on its sixth full season under Eddie Howe.
The Cherries boss has overseen three promotion campaigns over two spells with the south coast team and remained faithful to the core of the squad which took the club out of League One five years ago. Bournemouth have won the opening two games of what is their fourth Premier League season.
Silva, who will not risk Morgan Schneiderlin at the Vitality Stadium after the French midfielder sustained a "small muscle injury" against former team Southampton, believes Howe’s longevity counts as a huge asset for his club. And the former Sporting Lisbon boss is excited about the prospect of bedding in his own ideas over a similarly extended period at Goodison Park.
“Everything starts now, we are building a new process,” said Silva. “Everything is new. For one coach and one club, it is always the best solution to try to build one process, to keep your best players and try to grow as a club. For a big club like us, it is the best way.
“Eddie is doing a very, very good job there. It is clear what they want to do when they have the ball. They have a clear style of play.
“When you have good players and a very good coach, it is easier to build if you are working together for a number of years.”
Everton broke the deadlock in the meeting Southampton when Theo Walcott applied the finishing touch to a deliciously intricate free-kick routine.
Richarlison scored the Blues’ second goal before half-time but Saints threatened a comeback when forward Danny Ings converted at a corner.
The Toffees scored and conceded from set-pieces at Wolves, too, while Bournemouth beat West Ham United last week courtesy of defender Steve Cook's header from Ryan Fraser's right-wing free-kick. And Silva revealed dead-ball situations consistently form a key element of his training ground routines.
“It is something we work on every week, not just because we conceded a goal in that moment [against Southampton],” said Silva, who revealed centre-back Yerry Mina's "small foot problem" is likely to sideline the Colombia international until after next month's international break.
“We have to do better in those moments. But it is normal. It is something we work on all the time, and our offensive set pieces as well.
“Saturday will be a tough game, for sure. Bournemouth have good quality and we will have to be at our best level to achieve a good result.”