Everton is "best place" for Bernard to reach top form

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Everton forward Bernard says Goodison Park is the best place for him to get back to his best form.

The 26-year-old moved to Merseyside this summer on a free transfer having left Shakhtar Donetsk after five years with the Ukrainian side.

The Brazilian has yet to start for Toffees, making three substitute appearances as he looks to build up his match fitness.

The former Atletico Mineiro forward missed the majority of pre-season having only joined Everton on transfer deadline day and has not started a competitive game since the Ukrainian season ended in March.

However, after a month training with his new team-mates the forward feels he is ready to hit top form again.

“Everton gives me the structure to be able to come back [to my best],” he told Everton’s official website.

“I’ve had five months without pre-season, but I’ve had a month here now and, slowly, I am getting the rhythm of the game and playing matches. I’m sure it’s going to get much better.

“To be here and to play in the Premier League, it is important for every player and I think it is important for my career. And it is easy to adapt when you have an atmosphere like we have at Everton. There are moments to have fun and moments to be serious, but it’s been a nice atmosphere.”

Bernard’s move to Goodison Park has seen him link up with fellow Brazilian Richarlison.

The former Watford man has made an impressive start to life on Merseyside, scoring three goals in his opening four appearances.

The 21-year-old also earned his first call-up to the senior Brazil squad earlier this month, making his debut as a substitute against USA before scoring twice on his first start in a 5-0 win over El Salvador.

Bernard has no doubts about Richarlison’s ability and believes his compatriot will make an impact for both club and country this season.

“Richarlison is a great player. He is tactically very good and he is a good finisher.

“When inside the box, he is deadly. I have no doubt he will be able to help our squad this season and the Brazilian national team, too.”

Everton have made an inconsistent start to the season, winning just one of their opening six Premier League games under new boss Marco Silva.

Silva replaced Sam Allardyce in the Goodison dugout over the summer and was charged with introducing a more attacking style of play after the team’s defensive tactics were criticised under the former England boss.

Despite their inconsistent start Bernard has backed his new manager’s methods and feels the team will soon feel the benefits on the pitch.

“With the manager, it is very clear the way he asks for his ideas to be implemented," he said.

“Every player should be able to listen to the manager’s tactics. Each coach has a different approach, different methods, but as players we need to be able to input what the coach asks for, so individually everyone gets better.”