Marco Silva praises Everton's Morgan Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin before the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on September 1, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Morgan Schneiderlin made a long-awaited return to Everton's first XI on Tuesday night.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Morgan Schneiderlin during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on October 25, 2018 in Halewood, England.

Everton boss Marco Silva has told The Echo that he was forced to play Morgan Schneiderlin in Tuesday's win at Cardiff City after the Frenchman's hunger during the past month.

The Toffees thumped Neil Warnock's side 3-0 to stem the tide of three successive defeats.

Silva surprised Everton fans by naming Schneiderlin in his starting XI for the first time in a Premier League game since September.

But the former Manchester United midfielder, who hadn't played under Silva in any competition since December, impressed on his return to the first XI.

 

The Portuguese reveals that the 29-year-old's improvement in training over the past month meant that he couldn't overlook him anymore, admitting that he hadn't been happy.

He told The Echo: "Morgan never gives up. Of course, in some moments he has not been happy or with the same confidence but in the last month he was doing well and showing to me he deserved the chance and so I gave it to him."

It was only Schneiderlin's seventh Premier League appearance of the season.

Andre Gomes has been impressing on his season-long loan from Barcelona, making it difficult for the France international to get a game.

But the Portuguese midfielder has been struggling as of late and it seems very possible that Schneiderlin will start ahead of him again on Sunday for the Merseyside derby clash with Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Morgan Schneiderlin of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Southampton FC at Goodison Park on August 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

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