The Liverpool Echo’s Chris Beesley has shared a critique of Morgan Schneiderlin’s performance against Bournemouth, and labelled his display as a missed opportunity to impress in the absence of Andre Gomes.
Schneiderlin lined-up alongside Fabian Delph in the engine room of Marco Silva’s midfield at the Vitality Stadium as Gomes had been ruled out with a rib injury, but failed to deliver what was needed in the eyes of Beesley as Everton fell to a 3-1 defeat on the road.
The result left the Toffees 11th in the Premier League standings on seven points after the opening five rounds of fixtures, with Everton now on a negative goal difference having held one of the best defensive records in the top-flight at the start of play.
Schneiderlin has been on the field for five of the seven goals shipped so far this term (WhoScored), but it was the Frenchman’s failure to present a creative presence that left Beesley underwhelmed.
Noting in his player ratings after awarding Schneiderlin a five out of ten, Beesley said: “A big opportunity for the former Southampton and Manchester United man as he replaced Andre Gomes in the starting line-up after the Portuguese midfielder was ruled out with a rib injury, but he failed to offer the kind of creativity you’d expect from his teammate and instead often found himself on the back foot or attempting last-gasp sliding challenges.”
While Beesley is right in suggesting that Schneiderlin failed to offer the same creative spark as Gomes often does, the former Manchester United man has built his game on the defensive side of proceedings.
Although, even in that respect, his performance at Bournemouth was worse than those around him, as Schneiderlin only won 50% of his six attempted tackles, whereas Delph (5), Michael Keane (2) and Seamus Coleman (1) gained possession with each of their attempted tackles and Richarlison won six of nine, according to data collected by WhoScored.
Schneiderlin did edge Delph and his midfield colleagues for interceptions, though, as the 29-year-old Frenchman was the only Everton player ahead of the Blues’ backline to prevent the ball reaching a Bournemouth player.
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