Marco Silva faces an almighty task at Everton in 2018/19.
The Toffees went through one of their worst Premier League campaigns in recent memory last year, with Sam Allardyce’s pragmatic tactics saving them from a relegation battle.
Ronald Koeman had fans fearing the worst after a dreadful opening to the season, but Big Sam did his best to bail them out.
However, he received a lot of criticism for his style of play and was duly given the boot, replaced by former Watford man Marco Silva.
He had been their main target when Koeman was ousted, but the Hornets wouldn’t budge and he was sacked later on in the season – Watford still want compensation for Everton’s actions.
Silva has been working tirelessly in the transfer market trying to improve Eveton’s squad, with Richarlison and Lucas Digne the two big arrivals so far.
They’ve also been linked with a £30m move for Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo.
But what about the players leaving Goodison Park? Well, it looks as if there will be four more heading out before the deadline on August 9.
On Thursday morning, the Liverpool Echo reported that Silva had taken matters into his own hands and asked four players to train away from the squad.
Ashley Williams, Kevin Mirallas, Cuco Martina and Nikola Vlasic are the quartet in question.
Williams appears to have responded, with reports stating he is close to a move to Stoke City – Badou N’Diaye could come in the opposite direction.
Martina deputised for defensive injuries last season but has never really been good enough, while Mirallas’ attitude has always hindered him.
However, Vlasic’s inclusion is the one that interested fans the most.
A lot of the comments on a tweet from Liverpool-based journalist Paul Joyce made for interesting reading. He certainly divides opinion.
One fan claims in the comment section that Vlasic was seen laughing at the end of the 3-0 loss to Rennes in pre-season.
Sadly, there is no video evidence to support his theory.
Vlasic arrived last summer from Hajduk Split, with the 20-year-old failing to score or register an assist in 12 Premier League appearances.
It was thought he needed time to adjust, but that’s now unlikely to happen.