Marco Silva praised the “strong character” of his Everton side as he set out the Blues’ ambition to achieve a fourth straight Premier League win when they travel to Manchester United on Sunday.
Silva – who revealed he has a fully-fit squad to choose from – was delighted with the resolve his team showed against Crystal Palace last weekend, as they struck a late double to triumph at a rocking Goodison Park.
The manager explained the “personality” of a player is a key factor when assessing potential signings. And he insists the new arrivals at Goodison Park this summer have shown they will be key assets both on and off the pitch.
“You can start winning as a football club if you have character in your dressing room, not just talent,” he said.
“You need strong personalities, good characters, good professionals. And when we try to sign the new players it is something we look for.
“They must have quality and talent but I try to know everything I can about them - their character and behaviour as professionals is really important for me.
“Last week, we showed strong character. We showed patience to win the game, to have balance and be ambitious to win.
“Our fans also had patience, they kept supporting our team until the end.”
The manager has consistently spoken of his desire to shape a team that “makes Evertonians proud” and approaches every match with the ambition to win.
Silva insists this will be the Blues’ goal at Old Trafford on Sunday, as they strive to build on the momentum created by three straight Premier League victories.
“We prepare every week in the same way, to do our maximum and with big ambition to prepare well for the next match,” he said.
“It is up to us to go there [to Old Trafford], enjoy the game and work really hard to achieve a good result – and a good result for us is always thinking about winning the game.
“We have to be ourselves but respect the opponent.
“I believe in our squad, in our players. We have many things to improve in our squad but we have the quality to improve.
“And if the fans believe in us - if they feel this connection and see we are doing everything to win the match - they will support, always. And with them behind us and supporting always our team we will be stronger."
This week saw Everton’s plans for a new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock take a significant step forward, with the announcement of a public consultation into the proposals.
The consultation, which launches on Thursday, November 15 and will last three weeks, will ask members of the public for their views on the Bramley-Moore Dock site as well as on the Club’s intention to leave a legacy at Goodison Park.
“Everything the Club is doing to include our fans and the people of Liverpool in this possible move will be good for us," Silva said
“It is important they know some opinions as well about our ambition, my ambition as a coach and our ambition as a Club. It will be fantastic step for us as a Club.”