After Everton were beaten by Leicester 3-1, there have been serious complaints about the manager, Roberto Martinez.
Following the 2-1 victory over Bournemouth just seven days earlier, fans stayed long after the final whistle to make their message heard - they want the manager out. This has been down to the perceived underachievement with the current quality Martinez has at his disposal.
Is this a fair assessment? There is no doubt that the Spaniard has a talented squad, but -excluding Romelu Lukaku - there is an argument that these players have been given more credit than they actually deserve.
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John Stones and Ross Barkley have been touted to become some of the best in the league due to their massive potential. What Everton fans must realise is that these players haven’t reached the astronomical heights they have been predicted, and therefore their performances are going to mirror this. For their ages, 21 and 22 respectively, they are playing at a certain level, not their best, but some fans are desperate for instant success.
Their other quality players, the ones that should be driving them forwards to more success, have also suffered from high expectations. Tim Howard, Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry, even Leighton Baines are all in their 30s and approaching the end of their careers. It may be a case of nostalgia from the Everton fans, but they shouldn't forget that this group's efficiency is reducing as they slow down with age.
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Putting aside the doubts regarding whether their squad has lived up to the hype, there is also a case to suggest that what they have achieved should be satisfactory. They reached the Capital One Cup and FA Cup semi-finals, the first of which they were defeated by the eventual winners and lost to the biggest club still in the competition in the latterly mentioned. Those cup runs should still go some way to appeasing a portion of the disgruntled contingent.
Additionally, as the table stands, Everton sit in 12th place. Fans haven’t been pleased with this, suggesting the club should be pushing for a place in Europe. However in such an unpredictable campaign, Martinez might deserve another chance to show he can improve the club's key individuals next season.
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