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Ex-Everton star Ball slams Walsh for lack of striker and Baines cover

Steve Walsh, assistant manager celebrates on stage during the Leicester City Barclays Premier League Winners Bus Parade on May 16, 2016 in Leicester, England.

Former Everton defender Michael Ball has criticised Steve Walsh for failing in the "easiest job in football".

Steve Walsh, assistant manager celebrates on stage during the Leicester City Barclays Premier League Winners Bus Parade on May 16, 2016 in Leicester, England.Steve Walsh celebrates on stage during the Leicester City Barclays Premier League Winners Bus Parade.

Former Everton defender Michael Ball has slammed the club's director of football, Steve Walsh, for many of the problems the team are now suffering.

The Toffees' 4-1 defeat to Southampton at the weekend leaves them 16th in the Premier League table and only two points outside the relegation zone.

Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin of Everton look dejected after the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Southampton,...Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin of Everton look dejected after the Premier League match against Southampton.

Their recruitment over the summer has been heavily criticised by many, despite the fact £144.9m (Telegraph) was spent on new players, with the squad now looking imbalanced.

Some say topscorer Romelu Lukaku has not been adequately replaced following his exit to Manchester United, while Ball is amazed that an injury to Leighton Baines suffered at St Mary's has exposed the lack of cover at left-back.

Dusan Tadic of Southampton scores the first Southampton goal past Jordan Pickford of Everton and Leighton Baines of Everton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton...Dusan Tadic of Southampton scores the first Southampton goal past Jordan Pickford and Leighton Baines of Everton.

"Steve Walsh has probably got the easiest job in football," the 38-year-old wrote in his Liverpool Echo column. "Watching matches and saying 'he's good' is not a difficult task yet he seems to have failed at it.

"I've heard suggestions that his position is 'under review'.

"We all know about the failure to land a striker in the summer but just as alarming is we only have Leighton Baines as a recognised left-back and now he's injured and there's nobody adequate to replace him.

"This is Everton Football Club, in 2017, how does this happen?!

"We have too many players playing out of position, we have right-backs playing left-back, our record signing playing out of position and we're setting up to not get beat but are still getting thrashed."

Walsh received lots of praise for his work in his last job at Leicester City, credited with unearthing the talent of Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante in particular.

Now Ball is pinning large proportions of the blame for the Merseysiders' poor start to this season on him and if Ronald Koeman was sacked as a result, perhaps the former Foxes scout won't be far behind.

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