Everton fans have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern during the international break such has been the Toffees’ poor start to the season.
The Merseyside outfit have won just two of their opening seven Premier League games to sit 16th in the table, and alongside no victories in either of their two Europa League group matches as well, the pressure is firmly on manager Ronald Koeman to turn things around at Goodison Park.
And the Dutchman will hope to do just that by clinching all three points away at newly-promoted Brighton on Sunday, a match that Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson isn’t expecting to go the way of Everton.
The 49-year-old spent the majority of his career at Arsenal and made over 400 appearances between 1985 and 1997, in which time he helped the Gunners win two First Division titles, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup in 1993.
The ex-midfielder also turned out for the likes of Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, and Walsall, but has been a regular pundit for Sky Sports in recent years, and reckons that the Toffees will go down 2-1 to Chris Hughton’s Seagulls on Sunday, and offers an possible explanation as to why.
He said: ‘I am not sure Everton players know what they are doing.
‘I just think Ronald Koeman has to let the reins go and tell them to go out and play and express themselves. It looks nervy and nobody looks like they want to take a chance.
‘They are struggling and don’t look like they are together.’
These comments are sure to intrigue and perhaps resonate with our suffering resident Evertonians, of whom many have been particularly critical of Koeman this season given their horrendous start to the campaign.
And Merson doesn’t reckon things will get any better on the South Coast this weekend.
Landlord’s verdict: Everton are stuck in a rut at present, and it’s up to manager Ronald Koeman to rally the troops and get them out of this tricky situation.
Two wins in seven league games is far from good enough from a side that spent over £100 million in the summer, and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson doesn’t expect things to get any better against Brighton on Sunday.
The former Arsenal man has backed the Seagulls to win 2-1 and has cited a lack of togetherness and overwhelming fear as reasons for Everton’s plight, and with how poorly the Toffees have been playing in recent weeks, you can see why he’s backing Chris Hughton’s men to get a precious three points.
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