Everton manager Marco Silva has provided a promising update on the future of Morgan Schneiderlin in his latest press conference. According to The Sun, the Frenchman was listed as one of the players destined to be sold by Everton last month.
But, Silva sounded optimistic when asked about Schneiderlin’s performance in recent weeks. “He’s performing well. He’s taken the chance and did well. I’m happy not just because he’s performing well but because Morgan as a professional deserves this moment” – the Portuguese said.
What can Schneiderlin add to the table for Everton next season
After a promising debut campaign at the Goodison Park, Silva will surely eye a place in the European competitions next season.
Schneiderlin’s experience, in that regard, could benefit an otherwise young Everton squad, brimming with potential. The Frenchman has made over 300 competitive appearances during his time in Manchester United, Everton and Southampton.
Additionally, Schneiderlin also brings another dimension to the Everton midfield with his robust style of play. Unlike Idrissa Gueye and Andre Gomes, the experienced midfielder is adept in disrupting the flow of the opposition.
This could make Schneiderlin a valuable component, especially when facing a strong opponent like Manchester City or Chelsea. Hence, the Frenchman can operate as a midfield enforcer in the double-pivot, making Everton much more vigilant in midfield.
Why should Everton keep hold of Schneiderlin next season
As the recent rumours suggest, Everton will have a hard time in securing the services of Andre Gomes this summer. He has attracted interest from a host of clubs across England, including Tottenham Hotspur.
The Lilywhites are nearing a £26 million swoop for Gomes. That means the Toffees will undoubtedly have to be swift and a tad lucky in their approach to sign the Portuguese international.
But, missing out on the Barcelona midfielder could spell trouble for Silva. Gomes has impressed since joining the club in January and finding a proper replacement could be extremely difficult for the former Watford boss.
It’s also fair to mention that any new arrival will take some time to settle in. And that’s where Schneiderlin could come into the fray. The 29-year-old can provide the much-needed backup while his vast experience will allow the new signing to settle himself at his new club.