You can, if you like, blame the referee. He certainly had a howler today.
You can, if you like, blame the players. More than a few of them were out of form today.
You can, if you like, blame the injury absences of Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin. Fabian Delph had a rough outing today.
The reality is that the problem is much more serious than that. The manager is lost.
Perhaps Marco Silva can find his way again. It is too soon to say whether or not that’s true. Right now, though, the Portuguese is out of ideas. He makes the wrong adjustments nearly without fail. As Adam indicated in the Bournemouth tactical analysis, if Everton don’t score early, the match is over. The subs are predictable. The results, unfortunately, even more so.
Today, at home, against a promoted side, Everton were behind and chasing the game with Theo Walcott, Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Iwobi, Cenk Tosun, and Moise Kean all on the field at the same time. By the 70th minute. It was desperate, and of course it didn’t work. It didn’t make any sense, and any 8 year old with a fresh copy of FIFA 20 could know it.
It may be hard for you to believe right now, but these players are good enough. They come from Barcelona, Juventus, Arsenal, and Manchester City. And they are being done a horrible disservice by the people allegedly leading them.
There’s not much point in discussing today’s match, because you’ve seen it before. I’ll leave you with this: for all those times we complained about Roberto Martinez, the grass didn’t end up being greener after all.