Everton manager Marco Silva praised Morgan Schneiderlin’s attitude following the 3-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday night and said he forced his way back into his plans.
The Frenchman made his first start for the Toffees since the 6-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on December 23 and did not appear in the matchday squad for the next six matches following the loss, with rumours circling of a poor attitude.
It was reported that the Everton midfielder along with Kevin Mirallas had walked out of training prior to the home game against Watford in November 2017, something that Schneiderlin has denied, and there were hints that he could be heading for the exit at Goodison Park.
But while Mirallas was shipped out on loan to Fiorentina for the season during the summer, Schneiderlin remained and despite being in and out of the side under Silva the Everton boss praised his attitude in training and said he deserved his chance against the Bluebirds.
“Morgan gave me the right answer in the past 15 days. Tom [Davies] and Andre [Gomes] did well in the last game – but I am here to take the decision about the best XI for each match,” Silva told the Liverpool Echo.
“I will always take the right decision for our team.
“Morgan never gives up. He has been doing well in the past month and showed me he deserved the chance to play.”
Schneiderlin has made 64 appearances for Everton since his £24million move from Manchester United in January 2017.
The Toffees moved up to ninth in the Premier League following the win over Cardiff as two goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and one from Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave them a 3-0 victory that ended a three-match winless run.