Everton players not Martinez to blame for poor season, says Tim Howard

The Toffees are currently 11th in the Premier League table.

Everton’s players are to blame for their poor season, not manager Roberto Martinez, Tim Howard has insisted to Sky Sports.

The Blues boss is under increasing pressure at Goodison Park after a disappointing campaign for his team.

They sit 11th in the table and are unlikely to finish in the top half, while they have been knocked out in the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the League Cup.

The league position in particular has annoyed the clubs fans, who believe their side should be performing much better given the quality in the squad.

They want a change in management, but Howard insists that it is the players that should take the brunt of the criticism, not their manager.

"Everyone talks about the manager but he hasn't kicked one ball this season," he told Sky Sports. "It is down to us as players. We are the ones who have to be resilient and dig in. If that hasn't been good enough, fair dos. We have to take that on the chin. The table doesn't lie.

"Every manager needs to be given time. People can't have it both ways. Often you get everyone outside of a club talking about players who are not loyal but it works the other way too.”

Howard certainly has a point about Everton’s players this season, with the vast majority of them not having played up to their ability.

It is fair to expect inconsistent performances from the younger players, such as John Stones and Ross Barkley, but the senior players in the squad have not helped them out this season.

The likes of Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and even Howard have all been disappointing and perhaps Everton fans should start to look at criticising them as the American suggests.

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