Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has named in The Sun three Everton players who are suffering under manager Roberto Martinez.
“More worrying is that some of the club’s brightest prospects are suffering,” Shearer wrote in The Sun. “No club would be digging deep to buy any of John Stones, Ross Barkley or Lukaku, based on their performances on Saturday at Wembley.
“Take Stones first. He’s a young player who has been given the chance he may not have got at Chelsea to play regularly but it hasn’t resulted in signs of development this season. Either he is not being coached, or he is not listening, as he is making the same mistakes over and over again.”
“Barkley had a good start but there has been nothing from him in the last three months and the goals have dried up for Lukaku, who was flying mid-season,” added the former Blackburn Rovers striker. “His touch with the two chances he spurned in the first half was woeful.”
While it is true that against Manchester United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday evening Stones, Barkley and Lukaku did not play well, it is a bit harsh to blame Martinez.
The players need to take responsibility for their individual dip in form and mistakes. Moreover, Lukaku is actually having a good season on a personal level, having scored 18 goals and created 49 chances in 33 Premier League matches so far this campaign.
Martinez, though, has to accept blame for Everton’s overall performance this season. Given the squad that he has at his disposal at the moment, the Spaniard should be looking to push for a top-six finish in the Premier League, but the Merseyside outfit may not even end up in the top 10.