• Greg O'Keeffe

Why it's time for an overdue new chapter in Blue history books

Everton v Rotherham, Football League Cup second round (Wednesday August 29. 19:45 KO)

New era, new Everton. We've heard that a lot over the last few seasons.

We even say words to that effect at the top of each episode of the podcast.

But as hugely welcome as unheralded new financial might and tangible stadium plans remain, it's time for the club to show they mean it on the pitch.

How? Winning a trophy would be a start.

So to evoke an old football cliché, you have to take each game as it comes.

Which is why Marco Silva should field a strong team full of intent against Rotherham in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

Everton have, for myriad painful reasons, never won the League Cup. So imagine banishing that unsightly line in the history books and getting our hands on some silverware this season.

How about that for a bit of newness?

There are no excuses. No Europa League to sap resources and legs. Injuries, as ever, will happen and defensively Siva is already feeling the pinch, and presumably the relief that he pushed a deal for Kurt Zouma - who is likely to partner Mason Holgate in defence – over the line.

Richarlison's naivety means he must sit it out but it is a chance to give Bernard more match action; providing he's fit enough to make an impact straight away.

Otherwise Silva should set-up like he means business at Goodison tomorrow.

Trophy-in-the-cabinet by February business.

It would provide the club with a huge lift.


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