Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern were once again left frustrated by their side at the weekend after seeing the Toffees lose 5-2 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League, a result which plummeted the club into the division’s bottom three.
The Merseyside outfit went into their clash with Arsene Wenger’s men having won just two of their opening eight league matches, but made a fast start on Sunday thanks to Wayne Rooney’s 12th minute strike. However, that only seemed to spur the visitors on even more as unanswered goals from Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, and Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a 4-1 advantage, and although Oumar Niasse got one back for the hosts, it was Alexis Sanchez who had the final say by scoring a fine fifth late on.
And, unsurprisingly, several of our resident Evertonians were disappointed with another below-par display from their side, one that resulted in Ronald Koeman’s sacking, and they may also be intrigued by some recent quotes from Jamie Carragher (via The Daily Telegraph) regarding summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The 28-year-old made the move to Goodison Park during the summer after impressing at fellow second tier outfit Swansea City, but has failed to make a meaningful impact on Merseyside having scored just once and registered no assists in 12 appearances for the Toffees.
And the Iceland international again put in a poor performance on Sunday in their 5-2 defeat to Arsenal, and former Liverpool defender Carragher, now a pundit for Sky Sports and columnist for The Daily Telegraph, has questioned the club’s decision to pay £45 million for the attacker.
He said: ‘I was amazed the club paid so much for Gylfi Sigurdsson but to be fair to him the lack of a top-class striker has impacted on his assists tally.
‘He needs to get his act together for the new manager.’
These comments are sure to intrigue and perhaps resonate with our resident Toffees supporters, many of whom have also criticised the club’s transfer policy during the summer, which saw over £100 million spent but no obvious replacement for striker Romelu Lukaku, who moved to Manchester United.
Landlord’s verdict: It has been a terrible start to the season for Everton, and manager Ronald Koeman ultimately paid for that with his job on Monday.
And The Daily Telegraph columnist Jamie Carragher has criticised the club’s decision to spend £45 million on Gylfi Sigurdsson, what with the Iceland international having failed to live to expectations in the early stages of his Toffees career.
And although Carragher has highlighted one particular deal, it does call into question their overall summer transfer policy, which saw them spend over £100 million but fail to adequately replaced Manchester United-bound Romelu Lukaku.
Add that all together, and it’s hardly surprising that Everton are in the Premier League’s bottom three, and indeed without a manager.
Everton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!