Post by Everton News. on Oct 14, 2018 16:00:01 GMT
Marco Silva has backed electric winger Bernard to become a key asset for the Blues, revealing the Brazilian’s wide range of attributes are an ideal fit for his Everton vision.
The 26-year-old summer signing has made an eye-catching start to his Toffees career, with his pace, quick feet and slick passing making an instant impression.
Bernard made his full Premier League debut in the 2-1 triumph at Leicester City last Saturday, laying on an assist for countryman Richarlison’s opener against the Foxes.
He continued to shine throughout and was integral cog in what was a fast-paced, purposeful attacking performance.
Boss Silva said Everton’s display in the east Midlands represented the “image” of how he wants his side to perform. And in winger Bernard, the Portuguese believes he has a talent who will flourish as he strives to shape an ambitious and expressive Toffees side.
“People talk about the size of Bernard but the most important thing is he has quality,” he told evertontv.
“Also [when we sign a player], it depends if they can fit it into our style of play.
“If you have an idea to use long balls and always play direct football, then that will not suit Bernard.
“But if you have quality in your game, and you want to play good football, then Bernard can give us very good things.”
Bernard wasted no time in making his mark against the Foxes last weekend. Just seven minutes in, he showcased dazzling skill to work some space on the left-hand side before digging out a superb cross for Richarlison to put the Blues ahead.
Bernard embarked on five dribbles during the game – more than any other player – while his total of five chances created was also a match-high.
It was not just in an attacking sense where the Brazil international impressed, however, as he consistently displayed his willingness to track back. The former Shakhtar Donetsk forward recovered possession more times (14) than any other player at the King Power Stadium.
Bernard was part of a dynamic front four that took to the field against Leicester, lining up alongside Richarlison, Sigurdsson and Theo Walcott.
Boss Silva was greatly encouraged by how the quartet linked up, with their myriad of skills posing a constant threat in the final third.
“Bernard gave the quality I expected,” he said. “He is different, he can keep the ball, he can give quality with his final pass – the moment he gave the pass to Theo is a good example.
“And since the first moment, I told you Richarlison can play left, right and up front. He played as a striker against Leicester and did really well – always creating problems for them, always helping with our first press.
“And Theo on the right side is a player always ready to score, to create chances. And with Gylfi – I know his quality and his goal was fantastic. The four did well.
“And, of course, they were able to play well because the six in behind provided good support, too.”
Everton star Bernard is still having some problems from the first big transfer of his career.
As reported by UOL on Tuesday, the man who has discovered the player is pursuing him over some money from his Atlético-MG to Shakhtar Donetsk transfer back in 2013.
Rubens, who used to be Bernard’s neighbour, is said to be the man responsible for discovering his talents and insisting on the mission to make the teenager a professional footballer.
Now Rubens claims that in an agreement with Bernard’s father many years ago, they struck a deal that he would get 5% of the player’s economic rights. The agreement was never put to paper, and when Bernard moved to Ukraine, all that his father paid Rubens was R$200k (£40.3k). Had he got the 5%, it would have been R$3.85m (£776k). Rubens has recorded some conversations in which Bernard’s father lets him know that he’s transferred such money, and says ‘that’s all they can give’ to him.
Former Atlético-MG staff member Ricardo Mariano Lima claims that Rubens was indeed the most important figure in Bernard’s development.
“In fact, if it were not for him, unfortunately, Bernard, even with all his talent, wouldn’t have gotten where he arrived,” Ricardo Mariano Lima told UOL.
“I didn’t even meet Bernard’s father, I never saw him at Galo’s training centre. I only saw Rubão, so you could see the size of Rubão’s importance.”
Now a court hearing is scheduled for next Thursday, but according to UOL, Everton won’t release Bernard for that. They’ve let him speak to authorities before the start of November, when he didn’t do it, and then in March or May 2019.
Everton winger Bernard is an enthusiast of manager Marco Silva's exacting standards and attention to detail.
Bernard has occasionally struggled to impose himself on the Premier League since joining the Merseyside club on a free transfer last summer from Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk.
He has scored only once this season but an encouraging cameo in the win at Cardiff last week convinced Silva to hand Bernard a starting role against Liverpool, with the Brazilian delivering an assured display in a goalless draw at Goodison Park. The 26-year-old is keen to develop his game under Silva as he is a subscriber of the Portuguese's philosophies of high intensity, both in attack and defence.
He said on Everton's official website: 'Without a doubt, (the manager is demanding) and emphasises the need to work hard - it is a collective effort and through that, we become stronger as a team.
'We have to do a lot of work. Football has changed a lot (for forwards), it is not just an offensive game, you have to be defensive as well. 'I give my best not just in attack but defensively, too. I have that intuition, that if you keep a clean sheet you are one step closer to victory.'
Despite impressing in his two most recent outings, Bernard is not taking a starting berth for granted at Newcastle, where Everton will be without Leighton Baines while there are doubts over Phil Jagielka's availability.
The stalemate against derby rivals Liverpool last Sunday kept the Toffees 10th in the table and Bernard is optimistic of building on the result at St James' Park, where Newcastle have claimed four successive league wins.
Bernard said: 'It is very important to focus and prepare for Newcastle because it will be a difficult match and we want to keep adding points to our total.
'I hope to play but there is a lot of competition and everybody in the squad wants the same thing.'