As Feirense were preparing to face Benfica for the Portuguese league this weekend, newspaper Record had a nice story about a player who a few Everton fans may remember.
Striker João Silva got a lot of attention when playing for Aves in the 2009-10 season, and despite being in the second division, he was able to attract a a line of clubs wanting him.
Everton were one of them, and signed the player in a €700k deal. The youngster, however, had a lot of competition at the Premier League side, and was soon loaned out to União Leiria.
That’s what Record’s story is about, because in that spell, Silva impressed by scoring two goals against Benfica, something that maybe marked the peak of his career.
Record claims that after that performance, David Moyes called Silva promising him more chances at the Goodison Park side. But the Everton opportunities never came despite Moyes’ assurances.
The player was loaned again right after his return, and later sold to Levski Sofia in a €400k deal.
Now after some time in Bulgaria and Italy, the 27-year-old is back to Portugal, where he hopes to score goals against big clubs so he can be in the spotlight once again.