Everton have failed to secure a win in any of their last four Premier League matches and the time in the season has come for the club to look to their experienced players to help guide them through to the New Year.
Following a tough 3-1 loss at defending champions Manchester City this past Saturday, it doesn’t get much easier for Marco Silva’s men as they host Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Despite Spurs getting their campaign back on track after their derby defeat to Arsenal at the beginning of the month, Everton are more than capable of toppling Mauricio Pochettino’s charges, if they manage to get the basics right.
Silva’s team has shown great potential and talent this season but have a few short comings in important areas of the game. One of them is hands on and resilient defending at the back and specifically on the right flank where Séamus Coleman operates.
The 30-year-old was at fault last week when a comedy of errors almost presented Watford with a rare win over the Toffees.
And, after Silva switched to a back-three formation for the encounter with City over the weekend, Coleman didn’t look all that confident defensively in the wing-back position.
Most notably, City were allowed to get way too many crosses into the box with Leroy Sané and Ilkay Gundogan having heaps of space to operate in behind Coleman.
But instead of snubbing him ahead of Sunday’s important clash with Spurs, Silva should push Coleman to use his vast experience and knowledge to get the best out of him.
The North London club were far from their best in their 1-0 win over Burnley on the weekend and were made to work hard for the point due to strong defending by Sean Dyche’s team.
Everton and Coleman should follow a similar approach and not give Spurs any free inches or room to work with and should pin them down defensively before they start getting passes and phases together.