Former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe compares Bernard to Chelsea legend

May 1985:  Kevin Ratcliffe of Everton in action during the Canon League Division One match against Liverpool played at Anfield in Liverpool, England.  The match finished in a 3-1 win to...

Bernard has only started one Premier League game but has already made a big impact at Everton.

Bernard of Everton FC runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Fulham FC at Goodison Park on September 29, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Everton might have spent huge sums on the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Richarlison and Yerry Mina in the last two years but the most impressive signing of the Farhad Moshiri era could be a free agent.

Bernard has caught the eye since he arrived at Goodison Park in the summer following the expiry of his contract with Shakhtar Donetsk.

The skilful winger has lined up on the left so far and has proved hugely influential despite starting just one Premier League game, producing a wondrous assist to set up Richarlison’s goal in last week’s 2-1 win at Leicester City.

 

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, former Everton captain Kevin Ratcliffe believes Bernard could be even more influential in a different position while likening him to the diminutive Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola.

"I don't think Bernard has come into the club to be a left-sided player," Ratcliffe said of the Brazil international. "He seems better suited centrally to me.

"What's interesting is that you look at him and he looks like your more traditional No. 10 almost in the Gianfranco Zola mould - small and nimble.

Bernard of Everton during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Everton FC at The King Power Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

"If he gets to grips with the rigours of the Premier League, and at the minute he looks to be doing very well in that respect, then you can certainly see him going into that No. 10 role in time.”

According to the Mirror, Everton beat Chelsea, Inter Milan and West Ham to the signature of Bernard, which should be considered a major coup for the club’s new director of football Marcel Brands.

But, with Sigurdsson finally justifying his £45 million fee in the number ten role, surely it makes sense for Marco Silva to keep Bernard out wide for now.

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates with Bernard of Everton after scoring his sides third goal and his second during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Fulham FC at...

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