Even though Marco Silva has been in charge of Everton for a few months now, it isn’t really often that club scouts are spotted at Portuguese league games.
Unlike José Mourinho’s Manchester United, who are present at almost every game in Liga NOS, the Toffees are seldom seen watching the local clashes.
But apparently Silva had a little transfer mission this weekend, as Everton’s visit to the Estádio da Luz is reported by several outlets in the local media.
Club scouts have watched the league game between Benfica and Alves, which the home side unsurprisingly won 2-0.
Although the Toffees are frequently involved in transfer rumours in Portugal, they haven’t been linked to any Benfica players lately, so we can assume they’re watching some new target.
PSV didn’t have a Portuguese presence under Marcel Brands, so this looks more a Silva transfer planning route.
Benfica won 2-0 with goals scored by João Felix and Francesco Cervi, and assists made by Pizzi and André Almeida.
What the scouts saw was a solid performance from the Eagles, especially in midfield. Pizzi, Eduardo Salvio and João Félix had a great performance and were able to guarantee a safe result.
It’s impressive how Pizzi has been doing well for a couple of years and doesn’t really get linked to a Premier League move. Now João Félix is the opposite case: he’s just 18, recently made his debut and has already been attracting the interest from several big clubs lately.
Scouts from Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday were also keeping an eye on the match.