Marco Silva wants Everton’s creative spirits to conjure up some “special moments” when the Blues face Leicester City on Saturday.
Manager Silva was buoyed by his side’s zip and invention as they overwhelmed Fulham in the second half of last week’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
He insists his side must perform with similar intensity from the start against a Leicester team which has won its past two top-flight matches.
But Silva will ensure there is room within his carefully structured plan for Everton’s attacking players to think on their feet.
The Blues’ profited from Gylfi Sigurdsson’s wit and execution against Fulham when the Icelander responded to missing a penalty in compelling style. He broke the deadlock with an imaginative low finish and skilfully wrapped up the 3-0 success late on.
“We have one idea and one plan but in our attack we have to be creative,” Silva told evertontv. “We have to do something special in some moments.
“We have quality there – players like Richarlison, Theo Walcott, Ademola Lookman and Bernard. Our strikers and Gylfi as well.
“In some moments we have to do something different, as part of our plan.
“Gylfi in that moment [scoring the opener against Fulham] showed quality, showed to me and all of us a big character and big personality. It was something important for us.”
Silva is targeting a win at the King Power Stadium which could potentially see Everton climb above Leicester in the table – and secure a top-half spot heading into the latest international break.
Leicester currently sit eighth and have scored 13 goals, the most of any team outside the top five.
“It is our goal [for Everton to replicate the intensity of their football after half-time against Fulham], it is what we want and are working for,” said Silva.
“When we achieve that I am really happy. The players know it is our way to work every day.
“It is not something I just want [for no reason]. It is something you want because you work to achieve it.
“In some moments until now we did not achieve that level and intensity for 90 minutes and it is something I hope we can do for longer during the match.
“Leicester will obligate us to play at a good intensity… it will be a tough match for us.
“If we play at the right level and with intensity, then we can achieve what we want: the three points.”
Sigurdsson’s goals against Fulham were his third and fourth of the season.
Walcott struck in the midweek Carabao Cup tie with Southampton to move alongside Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on three for the campaign.
And Silva insists his clutch of high-class forwards – he cited Bernard and Lookman as Everton's standout players against Southampton – have a duty to chip in with a significant share of goals.
“It is important and it is a target for them as well,” added Silva.
“It is something I expect from our forwards, our strikers.
“If we have one offensive midfielder [Sigurdsson] with this capacity, it will be fantastic for us. He has this great ability to score from outside the box – not just from free-kicks, and he will start scoring from free-kicks, as well, I am sure about that.
“It is normal for us [to spread goals around the attackers]. And it has been normal in the teams I have worked in that my wingers score goals in a good number.”