Michael Ball on what Everton should learn from Barcelona's Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol

The Blues drew 3-3 with Chelsea at the weekend in another disappointing late collapse.

Writing in the Liverpool Echo, former Everton defender Michael Ball says that Everton need their leaders in the team to learn from Barcelona legend Carles Puyol.

The Blues fell short once again at the weekend, as they were pegged back by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge despite having led 2-0 and then 3-2 in the game.

A late leveler from John Terry saw them drop two points, in a situation that eerily echoed the draw at Bournemouth in similar circumstances earlier in the season.

And Ball says that comes from a lack of leadership, urging the likes of Phil Jagielka and Gareth Barry to copy Carlos Puyol’s style when he was captain of Barcelona.

“When you're in front, be more ruthless and clever. That's where our lack of leadership hurts once again,” he wrote in the Liverpool Echo.

“When Carles Puyol was at Barcelona, I would see him pull players by their shirts – or even their hair – and tell them to get back in position. That was old school.”

“We need that, whether it is from Phil Jagielka, Gareth Barry or whoever. One of the senior players needs to tell them, and that's the most frustrating thing.”

While Ball says that it is the Everton players that must change, many would suggest it is manager Roberto Martinez that must do so.

The Catalan manager is firm in his desire to see his side playing attractive football, but that has cost them on multiple occasions this season already with them having dropped numerous points from winning positions.

The finger of blame has been pointed at Martinez, with many saying a lack of game management is the problem, and saying he should allow his side to play ugly to start picking up more points.

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