Wigan Athletic 0-0 Everton: Toffees held by resilient hosts as Fabian Delph is handed 45 minutes on his debut
- Everton got minutes under their belt after a tough examination away to Wigan
- Fabian Delph was given 45 minutes on his Everton debut away against Wigan
- Marco Silva made wholesale changes at half-time as he made nine changes
Marco Silva wants new faces this summer with Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha top of his list before the transfer window closes in two weeks time.
And after drawing a blank in a tough night’s work against Championship side Wigan Athletic, Silva is unlikely to renege on his list of targets, particularly in attacking areas.
Deep-lying midfielder Fabian Delph arrived from Manchester City earlier in the window and got 45 minutes on a night where fitness – rather than the result – appeared to be the focus for the Premier League side.
Everton were made to work hard against a resilient Wigan Athletic side on Wednesday night
Seamus Coleman was part of a strong starting team before Everton rang changes at half-time
Marco Silva (pictured) wants new faces this summer as the club continue to track Wilfried Zaha
Wigan XI: Jones, Byrne, Kipre, Fox, Robinson, Morsy, Macleod, Evans, Lopes, Roberts, Windass
Subs not used: Marshall, Dunkley, Naismith, Weir, Massey, Jacobs, Pilkington, Garner, Gelhardt
Everton XI: Pickford (Lossl 58), Digne (Hornby 46), Keane (Holgate 37), Mina (Foulds 46), Coleman (Gordon 46), Delph (Davies 46), Calvert-Lewin (Gibson 46), Sigurdsson (Mirallas 46), Walcott (Broadhead 46), Bernard (Schneiderlin 46), Gomes (McCarthy 46)
Subs not used: Pennington, Adeniran, Connolly
The starters looked as close to a side that could realistically walk out on the opening weekend away against Crystal Palace.
Whether they can get Zaha in Everton blue for the opener remains to be seen but having found chances hard to come by at the DW Stadium, Silva is acutely aware of the need to bolster his attacking options.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the line with Richarlison yet to link-up with his team-mates having been given an extended break following his Copa America success with Brazil.
Theor Walcott and Bernard provided threats in wide areas with Silva sticking with his preferred 4-2-3-1 system with new boy Delph slotting in alongside Andre Gomes.
And it was Delph who looked the sharpest in the early exchanges as he shared some neat passes with Gomes – a positive sign for Everton fans going forward with the two players set to be the regular tandem anchoring the midfield.
Bernard provided energy in wide areas as the Toffees started the match the brighter side
Fabian Delph (left) got 45 minutes on his debut as Gylfi Sigurdsson started at the DW stadium
But after a bright opening 10 minutes Wigan got a foothold and soon tested England international Jordan Pickford in goal.
Latics captain Sam Morsy was first to try his luck from range before Josh Windass fizzed a zipping strike which forced Pickford into a low save.
The blemish on an evening that will be viewed as a solid workout was the injury which forced off defender Michael Keane. He was challenged by Wigan’s Lee Evans and nasty contact to the face forced the centre back to be replaced in the first half.
Everton’s kit was far brighter than the quality from both sides in the second half but pre-season is about building minutes for the squad ahead of the start of another grueling campaign.
The big blemish on the evening was the injury which forced defender Michael Keane off
The centre back took a nasty blow to the face in the first half and was left wiping away blood