Everton boss Marco Silva offers update on future of squad’s fringe players

Silva has relied on the same group for much of season.

Marco Silva insists none of Everton’s fringe players have asked to leave the club this month.

Silva has heavily relied on the same group of players for the bulk of the season leaving a clutch as regularly unused substitutes or out of the matchday squad.

Mason Holgate and Kieran Dowell have been sent on loan after holding discussions with Silva and Marcel Brands and Everton are open to selling Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse.

Silva says Everton must sell at least one player if they are to add to their squad in what promises to be a quiet January transfer window.

But the Blues boss says he has not had any member of his squad demanding to leave – despite a number having been frozen out.

“Until now, no-one believe me,” Silva said.

“We spoke to Mason and we took the decision, the same with Kieran, but no-one else has knocked on my door and asked to leave the club.

“It is a good signal. It doesn’t mean they are quiet, they are fighting for what they want, but it is a good signal.”

Morgan Schneiderlin has made just seven league appearances this season, Phil Jagielka has not started since the opening day while the fit-again James McCarthy has yet to feature.

“All of us know that you have 11 or 12 players happier than the others because they are playing more but I am sure almost 100% of them are enjoying what we are doing daily here, what is our ambition and demands and though some of them are not happy with the coach’s decision, it is part of the game,” Silva said.

“But to answer directly to you, no-one has knocked on my door and asked to leave the club.”