Everton: Tony Scott believes relegation could now be inevitable
Tony Scott has admitted on the All Together Now podcast that Everton’s lack of goals and options off the bench could see them relegated.
The Lowdown: Relegation is a real possibility
Everton may well have thought they were creeping towards safety with Sean Dyche at the helm as well as two wins and two clean sheets from his opening three games in charge, but a crushing defeat against Aston Villa has seen them drop back into the bottom three.
The Toffees now face a tough fixture away to Arsenal this midweek and given they have scored just two goals since Dyche took over and both have come from defenders, it looks increasingly hard to see them getting anything from the game.
A lack of goalscorers in the Everton team with Dominic Calvert-Lewin continuing to be absent from first-team action is what could well see Everton drop down into the Championship after narrowly avoiding that fate last season.
The Latest: A lack of goals is worrying
Scott has slammed the lack of cutting-edge Everton have in the final third as they once again, failed to find the back of the net in the league.
He said: (9:15) “Arsenal is a write-off if you’re asking me, I think that is a free hit, it’s Nottingham Forest on Sunday which is the big one where it’s [about[ fine margins.
“If Nottingham Forest have got Chris Wood to call upon or Morgan Gibbs-White or whoever it may be off the bench and we’ve got five defenders and Tom Davies and Ellis Simms we’re done and these are the fine margins that will keep teams in the Premier League and relegate them.
“It looks as though, looking at our bench and what we’ve got to call upon to score us goals, Greg we’ve scored two goals from open play since October, it’s obvious why we will probably go down because we can’t score a goal for love nor money.”
The Verdict: Everton will continue to struggle with a lack of conviction
The fact that Everton’s main goal threat is a striker that’s started just 24 league games since the beginning of last season and over the last three seasons has found the back of the net just 22 times shows just how they’ve ended up in this position.
Calvert-Lewin simply can’t stay fit and Everton can’t pin their hopes on him to keep them up, Neal Maupay has one goal to his name since joining in the summer and Ellis Simms has never scored a first-team goal for the Toffees.
Therefore, it’s very obvious how Everton must be considered one of the favourites to go down because without a recognised goal scorer then they will always be relying on their defence to keep things tight before trying to steal a 1-0 win from a set piece perhaps.