Everton’s deterioration has taken another dramatic twist.
The story so far
Having orchestrated an exceedingly respectable seventh-placed finish last season, having exercised financial resources in excess of £200M, this was widely anticipated as Everton’s opportunity to compete with those placed in the upper echelons of the Premier League.
Nonetheless, their early season form has failed to transpire in accordance with their desires – it’s essentially rendered their Summer of mass spending futile. The Toffees are currently positioned inside the relegation zone, in 18th place, having only managed to attain eight points from their opening nine Premier League games of the new season.
While it’s important to acknowledge that Everton has faced the likes of Manchester City, us, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United during those nine fixtures, these are the teams that the Toffees are vying to compete with. Thus, a total of eight points from nine games is woefully insufficient, hence Koeman’s sacking.
It’s been exceedingly difficult to identify one Everton player who’s worthy of being lauded, yet Wayne Rooney has conceivably been their best performer this season. The experienced Englishman has scored four goals in eight games for his boyhood team and possesses the greatest attacking threat in Everton’s side.
One can certainly sympathise with Everton’s supporters, new signings – who each flaunted such great promise – have collectively failed to make a meaningful impression. The team reeks of dysfunction and incoherence, and their only solace is that Koeman has since departed.
That said, Everton will inevitably transform themselves into Brazil from the 1970’s ahead of this Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash. We must be prepared for a challenging game.
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