Former Liverpool and West Ham United star David James: ‘Everton are in serious trouble’

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

Former Liverpool and West Ham United star David James is not impressed with Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Former Liverpool and West Ham United goalkeeper David James has said that Everton in “serious trouble”.

The 44-year-old made the comments following the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with West Ham United in the third round of the FA Cup on Tuesday.

Defender James Collins put the London outfit in the lead with a powerful near-post header from Morgan Amalfitano's corner, but Romelu Lukaku scored a late winner for Everton.

After the match, Everton manager Roberto Martinez said that his side are currently going through a spell when they are low in confidence, and it has not gone down well with James.

“I think Everton are in serious trouble, serious trouble,” the 44-year-old told BT Sport. “I like Roberto Martinez, he is a lovely bloke; but for him to be saying ‘my team are low in confidence’ you don’t say that as a manager.”

Everton were a bit lucky to score the late equaliser, which saw them end a run of four successive defeats.

The Merseyside outfit are having a truly bad season and are in danger of getting sucked into the relegation fight.

After 20 rounds of matches in the Premier League, Everton find themselves just four points above the drop zone.

Given the quality of players Martinez has at his disposal, many will suggest that the Toffees will eventually finish in mid-table, but results need to start improving.

Defensively Everton have looked vulnerable, and that is perhaps the main area that Martinez needs to sort out.

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