Everton displayed another disappointing performance as their suffered a devastating 2-5 home loss to Arsenal on Sunday, and it could be the end of Ronald Koeman’s reign at Goodison Park.
Poor run of results
The Toffees are without a victory in the last five matches, and the Thursday’s 1-2 home defeat to Lyon in the Europa League likely sealed Everton’s fate in Europe this season, as they are at the bottom of the group E with six points behind Atalanta and four behind the Frenchmen.
Arsenal dismantled them despite an early Wayne Rooney’s goal after Granit Xhaka recklessness in the 12th minute, but that was the only positive thing Everton did in the entire match.
Idrissa Gueye’s red card in the 68th minute added more misery, and at that point, it was clear Koeman’s side would be beaten. The Gunners were dominant throughout the game, and if there weren’t a miscommunication between Monreal and Cech in the dying moments of the clash, Everton’s loss would be even bigger.
The uninspiring reinforcements
Among 12 new players that came to the club this summer, the midfielders Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen are surely the ones who should play a significant role at Everton.
However, their displays are largely underperforming, and the fact that the duo combined for miserable one goal and three assists, which is unacceptable considering their price tags, talent, and expectations from the fans and public in general.
Sigurdsson was a key player at Swansea prior to his arrival at Goodison Park, while the same can be said for the former Ajax captain Klaasen, but they are looking lost on the pitch and without any influence on Everton’s play.
What happened to them is utterly inexplicable, and without better midfielders in the squad, the Toffees are facing big problems going forward.
What should Bill Kenwright do?
The Everton chairman Bill Kenwright will have a huge decision to make whether he’ll stick with Koeman for a little while or sack him immediately on Monday.
Let’s face it, the Dutchman was expected to record way better results, and this loss sent Everton to the relegation zone with only eight points from nine matches.
Kenwright might lose his patience with the former Southampton gaffer and could show him the exit door, and it seems that all Everton fans would salute that decision.
Koeman spent over €150 million on new players this summer, and the current performances are suggesting that he threw that money away. Being a phenomenal player doesn’t necessarily mean that the one should be a good coach and I think Koeman is the proper example of that statement.
Whether he’ll become the second Dutch manager to get sacked after Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace, remains to be seen in the days to come.
Written by Oliver Zivic
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