Rob Lee has said that losing both Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne has been a “bigger blow” to Everton than losing Fabian Delph.
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, the Newcastle United legend suggested that the Goodison Park faithful have been “not quite as fluent” as what they were earlier on in the 2020/12 term, adding: “I think it’s down to both their full-backs”.
“I thought at the start of the season ‘they look good, they look like they have a really, really good balance to their team’ and it just goes to show you that if you lose a couple of your wider players and lesser players come in, or maybe they don’t know how to do the job, that they just seemed to be set up so well under Carlo Ancelotti. And they now, they look not quite as fluent as they were and I think it’s down to both their full-backs.”
Coleman and Digne so important for Everton
Should Everton keep Coleman?
Before Carlo Ancelotti’s team beat Chelsea 1-0 at home last night thanks to a goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Toffees had only managed to draw 1-1 at relegation-threatened Burnley and lose 1-0 at home to Leeds United, showing just how much they missed the pair of them in both of those matches.
Not only does Coleman offer his leadership qualities off the pitch by being the captain, but on the pitch, the Republic of Ireland international was a warrior in the early stages of the top flight, winning no fewer than 5.3 duels and 2.3 tackles per appearance on average (Sofascore), playing a huge part in the Blues finding themselves at the top of the table.
Digne has been very much the same but in a more attacking sense, racking up a total of four assists and creating five big chances in eight games in England’s highest division this season (Sofascore).
Therefore, it is easy to agree with Lee that losing the dynamic duo has been a big blow for EFC.
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