Former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas has told BBC 5 live that the Everton players should take responsibility for the team’s poor run of form.
The 32-year-old made the comments following the Toffees’ 2-0 defeat to Stoke City away from home in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Victor Moses put Stoke in the lead just past the half-hour mark, and with six minutes of normal time remaining Mame Biram Diouf wrapped up the three points with the Potters’ second of the game.
It was another disappointing performance from Everton, who are currently 14th in the Premier League table with 28 points from as many games, just six points above the relegation zone.
Manager Roberto Martinez has once again been criticised for the Merseyside outfit’s result, but Jenas claims that the players also need to share the blame.
"Who is playing well in that Everton side?” the 32-year-old told BBC 5 live. “The manager is playing the same system from last season, when they did play well.
“There are issues all over the pitch, which accumulate and result in some bad, bad performances. You can put this all at the door of Roberto Martinez but the players need to take some responsibility too."
Jenas is right: the Everton players need to look at themselves and admit that they are not playing the way they should.
The Toffees have some very good players, but they are all struggling for consistency and need to step up their game.
Perhaps Everton are ‘too good to go down’, but the fact that they are only six points above the relegation zone is hugely worrying.
Manager Martinez also needs to change the system and play the way a team who are fighting for survival should.