Silva setting lofty targets for Bernard


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Everton boss Marco Silva has urged Bernard to show his selfish side on occasions this season after his strike against Watford on Saturday.

The Brazilian scored his first goal of the season as the Toffees secured a 1-0 win over the Hornets at Goodison Park. Silva’s men remain unbeaten this season, and they are ninth in the Premier League table after the first two games.

Bernard scored his third goal in Everton colours to help his team overcome Watford, but Silva believes he can add more goals to his game this season. The 26-year-old only scored oncel last season, and Silva has encouraged him to be greedy on occasions.

“It is something I am demanding every single day from him,” Silva told evertontv. “We know Bernard is a player with high technical quality, giving us very good things and providing assists. But I want him to be more hungry to score.

“In some moments – it is maybe not the right word – I want him to be more selfish. He did that on Saturday – it was a really important moment for us and for Bernard. “It is something he is working really hard on during the week, and when the players work and see things happen in the game [as a result of that work], it is a very good feeling.”

Silva’s troops are next in action against Aston Villa and they are 2.20 to win on Friday evening at Villa Park. Bernard is expected to start the contest and he is 5.00 to find the back of the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

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