Everton legend Howard Kendell has suggested in the Liverpool Echo that Roberto Martinez’s biggest mistake with regards to the club’s Europa League exit was leaving out three key players last night.
The Toffees shipped five goals in the second leg against Dynamo Kiev to go out of the competition 6-4 over the two games.
Kendall has suggested that the momentum the side had started to build up has now been lost because of the team selection.
“Everton fans were delighted after Sunday’s comfortable win over Newcastle – and big parts of that victory were the performances of Leon Osman, Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone,” he wrote.
“None started in Kiev.”
It was a familiar problem last night, with the defence crumbling under heavy pressure from Everton’s opponents.
The inclusions of Osman and Gibson in midfield would certainly have injected some extra experience into the team, which would have been helpful.
The atmosphere and environment that Everton were playing in last night was very intense and the side looked as though they were on the back foot at the start of the game.
Starting Romelu Lukaku ahead of Kone is an understandable decision because the Belgian has been very good in Europe and added to his goal tally last night.
Everton now just have the Premier League to focus on for the rest of the season and Martinez will needed every single player in his squad to step up and make a difference.