Martinez claims only Everton's Matthew Pennington tried in Leicester defeat


Everton lost 3-1 at Leicester City at the weekend.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has claimed that Everton youngster Matthew Pennington was the only player to show any sort of intent or desire in the recent 3-1 defeat to Leicester City, the Telegraph reports.

The Toffees have been in dreadful form of late, yet they headed to newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester boasting a fairly solid away record and with hope of picking up a positive result.

However, even against a Leicester team who have already won the title, the Merseyside club struggled for any kind of rhythm and put in a performance arguably worse than the 3-1 scoreline suggests.

With boss Martinez already under immense amount of pressure, he has since opted to challenge his players’ desire after claiming only one of his starting XI put in the desired effort at the weekend.

“A young player who could maybe have been caught by the occasion was Matty Pennington and he was the only player who played with intent, with meaning and desire and it is a shame no one else on the pitch could match that focus,” Martinez was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

Pennington, 21, was pretty much the only bright spark for Everton on Saturday as he made two interceptions and an impressive six effective clearances in only his second ever Premier League appearance.

The Toffees have simply disappointed this season, with question marks aimed at Martinez’s tactics and defensive organisation after Leicester recorded a season-high 33 efforts on goal against them.

It is no secret that the Spanish boss is coming under increasing pressure from the supporters, and the numerous managers linked with the club in recent weeks certainly will not have helped his cause.

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