Marco Silva admitted that Everton will ‘do their homework’ but it’s not his job.

Marco Silva has built an impressive looking foundation at Everton in no time at all, with the defence, midfield, and attack all looking solid.

The signings, which Marcel Brands also shares the credit for, have been quite inspired all over the pitch – Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma have offered plenty at centre-half already, Lucas Digne could be left-back for a very long time, and Andre Gomes is already wanted permanently.

Bernard needs a little more time but looks like an exciting player, while Richarlison could be the best of the lot.

But with any solid foundation comes the talk of what you can build with it, and the most obvious next step for Everton does appear to be a consistent goalscorer.

Silva was asked about this and while he admits that Everton would like one, the boss was quick to remind people that it’s not really the job he was hired for.

“How many clubs are trying to find a striker who can score more than 20 goals?” said Silva, reports Sky Sports. “It is the question for all the managers in the Premier League. I’m happy with the players we have.

“Of course we are doing our homework but my job is work with the players we have.”

It’s a confident answer from Silva – while some managers may bemoan their options and ask for more, the Portuguese gaffer appears happy to develop the considerable talent he already has at his disposal.

Any club would sign a 20-goal striker if they could and the demand for any players who guarantee that is huge, but what Everton have now is a manager who has the belief that he can make things work without one – as he keeps proving.

Life would certainly be easier with those guaranteed goals but what Everton have in Silva is an awful lot more valuable than any striker they could sign.

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