Ronald Koeman is finally out and Everton faced Leicester City in their first league match under David Unsworth. Points are desperately needed if Everton wish to stay out of a surprising relegation battle.
Below are my thoughts during the match
- Unsworth puts out a somewhat surprising line up. Gylfi Sigurdsson on the bench, Tom Davies and Wayne Rooney starting, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams in defence again. He’s going very simple with a 4-4-1-1 line up. Looks like Everton are going back to basics.
- Simplifying things doesn’t seem to be helping Everton. Only a few minutes into the match and Leicester are finding acres of space behind Everton’s defense. Neither Jagielka or Williams have the pace to keep up with Vardy.
- Jamie Vardy puts Leicester ahead in the 18th minute. This was a textbook counter-attacking goal and classic Leicester City.
- Everton finally get their first real chance at goal. A perfectly weighted Wayne Rooney pass finds Aaron Lennon running behind the defense. Lennon’s play into the middle of the box is broken up. Lennon has to be more selfish on a play like that.
- The downward spiral continues. Jonjoe Kenny fluffs a clearance and puts the ball into his own net. Sad turn of events for the youngster, but indicative of the season for Everton. 2-0 Leicester.
- Kevin Mirallas trying his best to put the team on his back. He takes a few shots from range that are just wide.
Overall, things not looking much better for Everton under Unsworth. Everton are still bad, they’re just a different kind of bad now. Leicester have been playing the same style of football for a number of years now and Everton appeared to be completed unprepared for it, or at least unable to stop it.
- Mirallas and Lennon are subbed off for Oumar Niasse and Beni Baningime at the break. This is simply mind-boggling. Everton’s two best players in the first half, and only representation of pace and width are subbed off to add a striker and central midfielder. If anything, Rooney off for Sigurdsson would have been the right move.
- Any semblance of spacing and formation is slowly vanishing. Everton players are on top of each other, at one point I counted 5 within a yard of the ball. Why the wingers were removed is still a mystery.
- Sigurdsson is finally subbed in for Rooney. Sadly this appears to have happened 30 minutes too late as this match becomes increasingly out of reach.
- Iborra nearly adds a third for Leicester, but a poor first touch sees the ball go wide.
- The final whistle blows, and I don’t see how Everton could get any worse.