Everton star suggests key reason behind Toffees poor season

Leon Osman has suggested a possible reason for Everton’s struggles this term.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, midfielder Osman highlighted last season’s success as being the key reason behind the Toffees poor campaign.

“We had a great season last season with a record points tally and the team was positive and very confident,” he said. “There’s a few - not excuses - but reasons.

“We were so full of confidence going into the start of the season that we went out and attacked teams and we kept getting sucker punched. We would dominate teams, have 70% possession for the first six or seven games of the season but we’d lose a sloppy goal and concede where we weren’t expecting.”

Everton played a lovely brand of attacking football under Roberto Martinez last term, and secured Europa League football and were close to a top four place.

The summer brought positive strengthening, with the permanent signing of Romelu Lukaku, and many believed that the Merseyside outfit would seriously challenge for a top four spot and qualification for the Champions League.

However, it has not played out that way.

Despite playing the same brand of football as last term, results have not been forthcoming, and Martinez’s men sit in 13th place in the Premier League table, just nine points off the relegation places.

Osman suggests that last season’s success gave Everton confidence to succeed, and that this maybe made them too overconfident when taking on the opposition. They have committed a number of stupid mistakes which have led to their own downfall, and the midfielder is probably correct to blame overconfidence for a number of problems.

There are other evident issues, with fatigue being the key one, and a number of key players under performing, but the belief that they were good enough to achieve without trying means that Everton probably deserve their low placing, with the hope they learn from it ahead of next season.

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