Everton defender Lucas Digne admits Marco Silva influence lured him away from Barcelona

Everton defender Lucas Digne admits Marco Silva influence lured him away from Barcelona

Everton defender Lucas Digne has revealed that it was Marco Silva’s charms that persuaded him to leave Barcelona.

The France international has played for elite European sides such as Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Barcelona, but traded all that for Merseyside this summer.

Everton have not won a trophy since Paul Rideout’s header in the 1995 FA Cup final helped them defeat Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley.

Despite the Toffee’s silverware drought, Digne is buoyed by Silva’s ambition and believes Everton can finish higher up the table this season.

“The project and the coach. When I spoke with the coach he told me good things and I had a good feeling. The new project was very good and we will see what happens in the future,” Digne told Sky Sports.

“The coach has a very good mentality for the game, he wants to play with the ball and wants to play offensive football. I like to play like this way.

“The coach is new and you have a lot of new players. We have a good mix because we have experienced players who have played here for a few years and we can learn together and get the club higher up the table.”

“It’s important for the full-back to be decisive in attack but it’s not the most important thing. You need to be a good defender before you attack and I am very happy to help the team.

“The most important thing is the team winning and when we win it’s perfect. I prefer to win and not get an assist than get an assist and we draw.”

Everton’s fortunes

Everton haven’t broken the top four since the 2004/05 season under manager David Moyes, and the last time the club finished in the top six was four years ago.

Everton don’t look as if they will change their fortunes in the league, after making a mediocre start to the season. Silva’s men succumbed to West Ham United on Sunday, losing 3-1 at Goodison Park, meaning they’ve taken only six points from their first five games.

Everton host Arsenal in the Premier League next Sunday.