Morgan Schneiderlin probably thought his Everton career had hit rock bottom during Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League defeat to Lyon.
A matter of minutes after his slide tackle had inadvertently set up Bertrand Traore’s opener midway through the second half, the Frenchman was sent off for a second bookable offence to cap another dispiriting defeat.
On Saturday, however, things went from bad to worse. The Liverpool Echo reported that Schneiderlin was sent home from Everton’s Finch Farm training ground after being criticised by coach Duncan Ferguson for a perceived lack of effort.
Schneiderlin was then left out of Everton’s squad for their dramatic and much-needed 3-2 comeback win against Watford on Sunday afternoon – casting his future at Goodison into doubt less than a year after moving from Manchester United for £24 million, per the BBC.
Yet to make the grade
The 27-year-old has been a huge disappointment in Everton colours – and it’s difficult to look beyond the fact that Schneiderlin really hasn’t performed anywhere near his best since bringing an end to his seven-year association with Southampton back in the summer of 2015.
A neat and tidy operator blessed with a rangy stride and excellent ball winning abilities, Schneiderlin emerged as one of the Premier League’s most effective midfield operators during his time on the South Coast.
It’s fair to say Everton, however, have instead been burdened with the player who failed to make the grade at United. In a more gifted team, Schneiderlin’s limitations were brutally exposed – and it appears that the same has happened in an Everton side who started the season with genuine ambitions of forcing their way into the top four.
Perhaps Southampton was simply the right club for Schneiderlin – because he’s yet to prove that he belongs anywhere else.