Graeme Souness says Everton's position isn't good enough, says problem is not new for Roberto Martinez sides

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The former Liverpool midfielder and manager was honest in his assessment of the Toffees.

Former Liverpool midfielder and current Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has said that Everton's league position isn't good enough for the group of players at the club, and that saying their season has been patchy would be 'being kind' to the Toffees.

Everton currently sit in 12th place in the Premier League table on 29 points from their 23 games so far this season and have only managed to record six wins in the league so far this season.

Their defeat to Swansea City on Sunday added to their pretty miserable league form and seems to have increased the pressure on manager Roberto Martinez from the fans. 

However, they do hold a slender lead over Manchester City going into the second leg of their League Cup semi-final, which takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night. Goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku helped Everton to a 2-1 win in the first leg at Goodison Park.

Souness is quoted in the Daily Telegraph, saying: “They are struggling – I think they have got one of the worst defensive records in the league. Everyone today wants to play like Barcelona, whether pressing high up the field or playing too much football on your 18-yard line. I think that’s Everton’s problem. Too near their own goal. If you lose it there, it is a shot on goal. But that’s not new for Roberto Martínez’s sides, is it? It’s every year.”

The Scot also said they need to kick-start to the season, and reaching the League Cup final could possibly lead to that but there is certainly a worry about their league form right now. Everton's last three wins have come against the sides that currently occupy the relegation places in Newcastle United, Sunderland and Aston Villa - and all but one of the wins have come against sides that sit below them in the league table. 

It's telling that Souness says it's not new with Martinez's sides as Wigan Athletic were often told to play out from the back and struggled in the early parts of the season, but seemed to rally towards the end of the campaign, and most occasions avoided relegation. The one time they didn't, they ended up winning the FA Cup.

Certainly, Everton should be in a much healthier position, especially given the amount of times they have surrendered leads - and two occasions that has happened when they have taken the lead in stoppage time - so composure and defensive frailties seem to be a couple of big issues at the moment. 

While ending their trophy drought is important, and winning the League Cup could get a huge monkey of the club's back, but the lack of consistency and wins from a side that possesses one of the division's best strikers and some talented players throughout the team has to be a worry.

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