Neville and Carragher agree over key problem for Everton

Roberto Martinez pitchside for Everton

Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have suggested a main problem for Everton.

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher explained the main problem for Everton last night during their appearances on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.

The main coverage last night was the 0-0 draw between Everton and West Brom and the ex-United and former Liverpool stars agreed that Everton have looked lethargic and laboured so far this season.

“When I look at Everton now, they just look so laboured – I don’t see the Martinez qualities of last season,” said Carragher.

Neville agreed with his colleague, suggesting the problem lay more at the heart of how Everton move the ball around.

“I agree, they look laboured - Everton are a side at their best when they dominate the ball and move it around with pace,” said Neville.

Martinez would have been disappointed by his team’s performance last night as a difficult season continues.

Everton sit near the top of the bottom half of the table in 12th place, just four points away from dropping into the Premier League’s bottom three.

As well as the pace and energy of their playing having looked off this season, the defence has also been a problem.

Only three sides (QPR, Burnley and Newcastle United) have conceded more goals in the Premier League this season, which means in the majority of games, Everton have been chasing things over stamping their authority on a match and taking control.

Everton are well setup to control possession and utilise their pace in big games because they have plenty of players who complement those main tactics during big games.

Perhaps it’s a question of belief or morale, in which case Martinez needs to step up and prove himself to be the best man manager possible.

Everton are a side that should be looking ahead and focusing on the top half of the table over looking over their shoulders and down.

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