Journalist Paul Brown thinks that Rafael Benitez is already in “trouble territory” at Everton following their recent slump.
The Toffees initially made an impressive start under the Spaniard and sat fifth at the beginning of October.
However, they go into their game with Tottenham knowing that a fourth consecutive league defeat could see them head into the international break in the bottom-half.
How have Everton performed under Benitez?
Much like under Carlo Ancelotti 12 months ago when Everton won their first four Premier League games, they enjoyed a productive opening month of the season.
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Wins over Southampton, Brighton, and Burnley, combined with a creditable draw at Leeds ensured an unbeaten start.
They suffered their first defeat with a crashing 3-0 loss at Aston Villa but bounced back with four points against Norwich and Manchester United.
But that 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in early October was the last point Benitez’s side picked up, with defeats to West Ham, Watford, and Wolves following.
Perhaps the most damaging of those was against Watford, with Everton leading 2-1 heading into the final 12 minutes, only to concede four times and be on the wrong end of a 5-2 defeat, made worse by former striker Josh King scoring a hat-trick.
Everton then looked toothless at Molineux on Monday evening and Brown is concerned about Benitez’s position at the club.
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What did Brown say?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think he’s already in trouble territory. I don’t think it’s just the fact they lost to Wolves and Watford; I think it’s the way they lost.
“The collapse against Watford was pretty horrific.”
Will Benitez be given time to turn things around?
Benitez’s Liverpool connections meant that he arrived at Goodison Park facing an uphill battle to win over the supporters.
He appeared to go some way to doing that with 10 points from Everton’s first four matches, but their recent form won’t help his case.
All’s not lost for the Toffees just yet. Firstly, they’ve got players coming back from injury, notably Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whilst they’re only six points off the top-four, which should help the manager’s case to turn things around.
A couple of positive results and Benitez will be able to breathe slightly easier, but the longer this losing run goes on, then the more begrudged the Everton faithful will become.