Michael Ball questions if Everton are actually underachieving

The Blues were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal on Saturday.

Former Everton defender Michael Ball has questioned whether Everton really are underachieving this season, in comments made to the Liverpool Echo.

The Blues were once again disappointing last weekend, as they put in a lacklustre performance in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal.

That defeat left them 12th in the table with just 38 points to their name, a position far beneath where many think they should be given the players they have at their disposal.

Many have accused them of underachieving drastically, but Ball has now questioned whether they are where they should be given their form against those in the top half of the table.

“A lot of people, including myself, have said that Everton are underachieving but now I'm starting to think you can't say that. We are where we are,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“You underachieve if you get beat once or twice but we've hardly beaten anyone in the top half of the Premier League.”

“The players haven't got that winning mentality. You can play well and have the ball but at the end of the day the game is about winning football matches and we haven't done that consistently all season.”

There is no denying that Everton have underachieved this season, especially when the likes of Tottenham, West Ham and especially Leicester City have flourished.

Much of the blame has been laid at Roberto Martinez’s door, with some believing the Spaniard should now be replaced at Goodison Park.

That would have been extremely unlikely in the past, but with a new major shareholder at the club in Farhad Moshiri his position may be more insecure than it may have been in the past.

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