Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has slated Everton’s defending on The Sun’s ‘On The Ball’ podcast.
The Toffees collapsed in their last home game against West Ham United, as they fell to a 3-2 defeat against West Ham United.
Everton had taken a 2-0 lead in the fixture, but they threw away their advantage in the last 10 minutes.
Goals from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet meant that Hammers pulled off a stunning comeback, which meant they kept up their push for the top four.
However, Wright felt that West Ham only had a chance in the match, as Everton’s defending is so poor - and he blamed Roberto Martinez for not making sure his side are more secure at the back.
“We took Martinez to our hearts because Wigan always played good football, but they did not defend very well,” Wright said. “With Martinez’s Everton they play good football, with better players, but they still don’t defend well.
“People see that [Everton’s collapse against West Ham] and they think ‘ what is happening there?’. But what is happening at Everton, is what has always happened. They don’t defend well as a team. They don’t close people down. They don’t stop crosses. If you’re not close enough to somebody, these are the margins of error. These things are what you have got to do, and Everton don’t do them very well.”
Everton have struggled in defensive situations all season, and they have badly underperformed, as a result.
The Toffees have scored freely, but their vulnerabilities at the back have left them sitting in 12th place in the Premier League table.
Martinez is now under serious pressure, and unless he finds a way of tightening his side up at the back, the calls for him to be sacked are only set to grow louder.