Richard Keys’s advice to Everton manager Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez

Richard Keys says that Everton need to play the way they did during David Moyes’s time to improve their results.

Renowned sports presenter Richard Keys believes that Everton need to play the way they did under David Moyes.

Merseyside outfit Everton have struggled this season and are currently just four points above the Premier League relegation zone.

The Toffees have lost their last four league matches, and more misery could be piled on them tonight if they fail to win against West Ham United at Goodison Park in the third round of the FA Cup.

Martinez, who was appointed the Everton manager following the departure of David Moyes to Manchester United in the summer of 2013, has come under pressure, with some reports suggesting that he could be sacked.

Keys is not impressed with the Spaniard and has urged him to play the way Moyes did in order to improve results.

“Evertonians that were berating me for denying Roberto Martinez had made 'significant' progress at Goodison after David Moyes have all gone a little quiet,” the former Sky Sports presenter wrote on his blog. “He hasn't. Nor did he last season.

“His stubborn belief in 'pass, pass, pass' and more often than not for the sake of it, will take him down if he's not careful. Worse, it might take Everton down. Back to basics guys - David Moyes' way - is the only way at Goodison.”

While Keys has a point about always playing a passing game, it would not be fair to undervalue Martinez’s philosophy.

True, Everton are struggling this campaign, but last season the Toffees came very close to finishing in the top four of the Premier League.

While Everton need to mix up their game, one needs to give Martinez credit by imposing his own style at the Goodison.

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