Former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder Andy Townsend said on The Monday Night Club show on BBC Radio 5 live Sport on Monday evening (March 7) that the current Everton squad is not good enough to finish in the top four or the top five of the Premier League this season.
“No chance that squad is good enough for top four or five,” said Townsend. “I don’t believe the Everton squad is. I would agree they are underachieving where they are at the moment, but I honestly don’t think.”
“West Ham, I think have got better players at the moment than what Everton have,” added the former Republic of Ireland international. “I don’t think Everton are a top four, top five team.”
Everton are 12th in the Premier League table at the moment with 38 points from 28 matches.
The Merseyside outfit are as many as 12 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
It is clear that the Toffees are underperforming this season, but the squad at Roberto Martinez’s disposal is not as good as some of the clubs above them.
The likes of West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea are all above the Blues, and rightly so.
Everton have some good players, such as Leighton Baines, John Stones, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, but overall the squad is not good enough to challenge for a Champions League place.