Everton suffered another disappointing result at home after losing 2-1 to Swansea City at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. The defeat meant the Toffees finished the weekend in the bottom-half of the Premier League table, and manager Roberto Martinez was once again left frustrated by his side’s failure in their own backyard.
12th in the Premier League with only six wins from 23 games, Everton are miles off the pace. For a side that have retained their best players, adding with real quality in the summer, they are a considerable distance away from where they should be in the table. 13 points adrift of a top-four spot, seven points off a top-six place and now three points shy of a top-half position, the Blues are underachieving.
Top heavy side who can’t defend
They have been full of goals this season under Martinez, but have conceded as many as they’ve scored which has led to an accumulation of draws. As things stand, Everton are winless in their last five Premier League games, and have conceded two or more goals in four of their last seven outings. When looking at the players they have at their disposal, it bemuses many why they’re struggling this season.
Martinez’s debut season in 2013/14 was a great success, resulting in Everton finishing 5th with a record points tally. However, things have since spiralled and the Merseysiders have gone on to finish in the bottom-half the following campaign with their lowest tally of points for 13 years. As things stand, Everton will fare even worse unless they can turn things around fast, and it could cost the job of the manager.
Everton could lose their stars
The Blues’ poor season could result in even more catastrophe too given the players they could lose as a result of their struggles. Coveted defender John Stones nearly left for Chelsea in the summer, and he’s one player sure to be tempted at the end of the current campaign. Striker Romelu Lukaku is another player sure to be enquired about too, and Everton will struggle to keep their stars at Goodison if they’re finishing in the bottom-half.
With only 15 games to go in the Premier League, it would take a real turnaround in form from Everton to have them challenging for a lofty top-half finish, meaning another year has passed without the Blues progressing. A home defeat to Swansea City piles pressure onto the manager and also sees the underperforming players coming under criticism. Five games without a win, and having picked up one victory from 10 isn’t close to the form a team of Everton’s calibre should be showcasing.