Everton are a team with great talent and quality, from the players to the backroom staff, however for one reason or another they seem to be greatly under-achieving and under-performing in the Premier League this term.
It may be only December but worry is starting to set in about where they are going to end up. On current form they have been running riot in the Europa League but lacking in terms of results in the Premier League.
If you were to analyse the squad it is clear to see that man for man they have the potential to be a deadly threat to any team - big or small. But that begs the question as to why aren’t they higher up the Premier League table.
Lukaku's loss of form
Everton currently sit 10th in the Premier League table with a steady 17 points. People may think that it’s not all that bad but then you need to consider the quality they have at their disposal.
Their dip in form seems to be primarily down to key players under-performing – most notably £28 million forward Romelu Lukaku. Last season it would seem that he couldn’t stop scoring and was worth every penny paid for him in the summer, but as of late he has been complacent and somewhat hesitant in front of goal.
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Make no mistake about it; on his day Lukaku is unplayable and is an asset to any team. It’s just that lately he seems to have gone shy in front of goal.
Defeat to Tottenham
Roberto Martinez continues to show belief in his squad and seems to have a good idea of how he wants his team to play; however somewhere along the line the message seems to have got lost as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to rivals Spurs.
There were positives to take out of Sunday’s performance, most notably the sublime finessed effort from Mirallas.
Throughout the match we saw positive forward play as always from the Everton full-backs in Leighton Baines and Seamus Coleman; however, they seem to be complacent in midfield in terms of allowing the opposition to break through – this shouldn’t be the case when you have a good a mix as quality players as Everton most certainly do.
Everton must find balance
You also have to take into consideration the calibre of players they were facing in a vibrant Spurs side. The rise of Harry Kane is provides fruit for thought as his composure on the ball and quality of finishing as currently at a phenomenal form and at such a young age.
Everton need to balance out the quality of performances between the Europa League and the Premier League if they want to progress this campaign as at the moment seems a challenge.
With the quality they have invested in the interest of the club there is no doubt they will be successful, it would seem they simply need to re-evaluate.