Silva issues Everton reality check
Everton boss Marco Silva admits it will take a long time for them to get on a par with the Premier League's 'big six'.
The Toffees underwent significant changes during the summer, with the club splashing the cash to bring in the likes of Richarlison, Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina, while also landing Andre Gomes on loan.
Silva's new-look team have made a solid start to the season and go into the weekend in eighth place, two points behind Manchester United in sixth.
The Toffees have a chance to lay down a marker this weekend when they welcome Tottenham to Goodison Park seeking their first win over one of the league's 'big six' in 22 attempts.
Silva is eager to see Everton make it a 'big seven' in the English top flight although he admits the spending power of the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool makes its hard to close the gap quickly.
"In terms of money, when you look to their wages there is a big difference to what some of them pay and what we do, but that is part of the game," said the Spaniard.
"We have to work with our players, getting stronger every day, and give them the conditions to play stronger against these type of teams because we have enough quality, in my opinion, and confidence to try to beat them.
"It is something we are working on. It is not something you achieve easily or fast. Our fans want it tomorrow and for the next match.
"I know the record, I know all these numbers. About closing the gap it is something which we are working to achieve, which is not easy."
Everton are winless in 11 meetings with Tottenham and Spurs striker Harry Kane has scored a brace in each of the last three matches.
Punters might fancy using their free bet to back Kane to net again on Sunday.
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