Lots of Everton fans have been slamming some comments made by Carlo Ancelotti as to why Niels Nkounkou did not start versus Leeds United in their 1-0 loss at Goodison Park in the Premier League last weekend.
Speaking to the media in his pre-game press conference ahead of the Merseyside club’s trip to Burnley tomorrow, the Italian boss said (via Toffee TV):
“Nkounkou, it is not his fault. I have 11 players. The squad is really big. He is still young, he needs more experience. He will have time in the next game.”
Ancelotti decided to play Alex Iwobi as a left wing-back against Marcelo Bielsa’s team instead of playing someone who is more naturally suited to playing there in Nkounkou, and in the end his gamble did not pay off as the Toffees ended up losing the match on the day. Tom Davies was on the other flank, which fans lambasted at the time the teams were announced.
Should Nkounkou start for Everton?
The France U21 international has made no more than four senior appearances in the 2020/21 term so far, and only one of those has been in the top flight (Transfermarkt).
Perhaps it is time for Ancelotti to give him a proper chance in the first team given the injury to Lucas Digne.
Everton fan reaction to Nkounkou comments
These EFC supporters slammed the comments made by Ancelotti on the 20 year-old on Twitter:
Still a better option than an inadequate out of position Iwobi at lwb. play him at LB, Kenny at RB. Sorted. Keep it simple…🤷🏼♂️ https://t.co/DrZaCka4pH
— Lewis Silcock (@LewisSilco) December 4, 2020
“He will have time in the next game”
i.e. i tried to put a right footed winger at LB and it didn’t work so I’ll do what I should have done in the first place and play Nkounkou 👍
— ⚽ toffeeboy ⚽ (@ianspeny) December 4, 2020
Hes a natural left back tho, that already puts him ahead of iwobi imo.
— john bradley (@johnefc4life) December 4, 2020
Lol. Think hes going senile tbh.
— Carlo Silva (@melbourne1973) December 4, 2020
He needs more experience? I suppose the very well experienced left back Alex iwobi was by far a better option 😐
— Kristian (@kr12t1an_R0j) December 4, 2020
Lack of experience ? He’s our only available recognised LB and instead you played Alex Iwobi out of position . No excuse Carlo https://t.co/wZxFhoN8MW
— Tom Blott (@TomBlott) December 4, 2020
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