Speaking to talkSPORT, David Ginola has shared his thoughts on Everton’s season, criticising their lack of defensive solidity under Roberto Martinez.
Ginola said: “They are not consistent enough in terms of the defensive side. Roberto Martinez is a fantastic coach, but this season it seems like they are not that well in terms of the defence. My view on Everton is that they’ve got the players - if you think about the future of the game - but it’s not quite there. This season is about being consistent, and Everton have not been really consistent in their results.”
Ginola, who played five games for Everton in 2002, has made it clear that he rates Martinez, calling him a fantastic coach.
However, for all the great work Martinez does as an attacking coach, he still struggles to set to a team up defensively.
They often concede soft and silly goals, and their lack of defensive work undoes all the great work they do in the final third.
For a team that can call upon Phil Jagielka - a solid veteran of the Premier League - and John Stones - considered by many as one of the best defensive talents currently playing - the blame has to lie on Martinez.
The Spaniard has come under rightful criticism, seeing as the Toffees are underachieving this season, with them currently sitting in 11th place.
He is not under any immediate threat at losing his job, but should the Merseyside club fail to improve, the pressure on Martinez will continue to grow as the end of the season approaches.