In hindsight, it seems that Marco Silva mostly got the big decisions right yesterday, however, when the team news came out the Toffees certainly didn’t see that. All that the Everton fans saw was that Ademola Lookman had been left out of the squad whilst Theo Walcott lined up on the right-hand side of their midfield, and they were fuming.
MERSEYSIDE DERBY TEAM NEWS
— Everton (@Everton) 3 March 2019
When comparing the Toffees’ side with the Reds ahead of the game, it looked like it could have been a very one-sided matchup, and in terms of quality of chances, it was. However, Silva’s men stuck in the game and frustrated Liverpool as best they could. It wasn’t the same spirited display where they could have nicked it like the last Merseyside derby, but it was a promising performance nonetheless.
Despite that, a lot of Everton fans believe they would have had a much better chance of being able to nick a crucial win had they started with, or even had the option from the bench, of Ademola Lookman. The young ex-Charlton winger, like Walcott, has pace in abundance, although the difference is the youngster can often find a teammate or look dangerous going forward, unlike the ex-Arsenal man, and they don’t understand what the 21-year-old has to do to get a look in at the moment.
You can read the Toffees’ thoughts on their Lookman-Walcott situation here:
Lookman NEEDS to be featuring instead of Walcott it’s a joke
— James (@james_dermott) March 3, 2019
Walcott starting… pic.twitter.com/1XyMtrEgD2
— mgannEFC (@EfcDavies26) March 3, 2019
If Lookman is fit then he needs to be playing. Could be embarrassing this
— Dave Shaw (@shawyefc79) March 3, 2019
How can Lookman not even be on the bench?!? It’s even mind blowing that Walcott gets a start ahead of him but unless he’s injured, it’s crazy!
— The fan (@SimonBarnes20) March 3, 2019
No lookman on bench Jesus
— Callum (@Haugheyyy) March 3, 2019
There has to be an issue with Lookman we're just not being made aware of.
Be it attitude or injury, it makes no sense that Walcott is consistently picked over him and for him to not even make the team.
— Irish-Alex EFC (@NotReallyIrish) March 3, 2019
— William (@Will72427610) March 3, 2019
Walcotts contract must be a sight to behold.
— Liam (@lwrgwladys) March 3, 2019
Absolutely amazed how Walcott keeps getting in this team. He’s a waste of space and offers nothing.
— BlueNose (@gazwin1) March 3, 2019
Everton fans everywhere were livid when they saw that Walcott started again whilst Lookman failed to make the matchday squad and despite the result, they want to see changes made next time around.