Marco Silva has hailed the “fantastic support” he received from Everton’s key powerbrokers in securing his prime transfer-window targets.
Chairman Bill Kenwright worked closely with Director of Football Marcel Brands along with Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri, the Club’s Chief Executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale, and the Goodison Park Board of Directors to ensure manager Silva significantly strengthened his squad.
Everton brought in Brazilian attacker Richarlison last month, with left-back Lucas Digne joining from Barcelona shortly after.
Deadline day this week saw decorated international trio Bernard, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes all arrive at Goodison. And Everton beat the clock to a seal a season-long loan move for Chelsea's French centre-back Kurt Zouma.
On the eve of his first competitive match in charge of the Blues at Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow, Silva explained how his recruitment drive was vital in helping the Club continue to grow.
“I have to talk about the fantastic support of our Chairman, Bill Kenwright, our owner, Farhad, and the terrific work of Marcel and Denise as well,” Silva told evertontv.
“It is always really hard to sign players and we want to take the right decisions.
“We do not only sign players because they are new players, we want players who can come in and strengthen our squad.
“It was a tough, tough month but they supported us and did very well.
“Every time you can strengthen your squad it is important for everyone.
“It gives problems for the coach to decide what the starting XI will be. I will have problems, for sure, but I want these types of problems. You can only grow as a club and a squad if you have that competition between players.
“And when you compete hard during the week it is the best way for players to develop."
Silva outlined Colombia centre-back Mina’s range of attributes after clinching the 23-year-old’s capture from Barcelona – underlining his commitment to moulding a smart and resourceful Everton team.
The manager is also looking for his outfield signings – whose average age is 23.5 – to add further energy to a team he expects to play with “big commitment and ambition” every time they represent Everton. But Silva stressed the value of experience, too.
“It is not only because they are young, some of them are young but with good experience in football as well,” said Silva.
“It was important, in some situations, to have different profiles of players.
“It is important in football today to think fast and play fast. You have to stay in good condition and have strength in your legs.
“It is important for players to be adaptable. Today in football, the goalkeeper is not only there to make saves, for example. That is the most important thing – but everything starts there.
“The central defenders do not only defend, they need to participate in our offensive organisation, too. And Yerry Mina gives us that profile.”
Silva, who confirmed defender Mason Holgate resumed full training this week, is anticipating a ferocious contest with Wolves, who return to the Premier League following a six-year absence under the charge of the Everton boss’s fellow Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo.
“The most important thing for us is our performance,” added Silva. “You want to play well and perform well but, before that, you have to put in big commitment, 100 per cent with our ideas and philosophy as a club.
“To have big ambition every time we play and give everything we can to get the result.
“If you play well and perform well you are closer to winning the match. But it is also important for me to see big commitment from the players.”