Following a dismal 5-0 defeat to Chelsea at the weekend, what was learnt from the shocking display?
If you were to sum up Everton's performance on Saturday a few words come to mind... dreadful, awful and pathetic are just a few that come to mind.
The Blues went into the game with the second best defence in the league, so it's safe to say that a lot more was expected from Ronald Koeman's side. Chelsea away was never going to be easy, the manner in which Everton lost certainly left everyone lost for words.
So what was learnt from a match that Everton will want to forget?
Wake up call for Koeman
Sometimes a side needs a heavy defeat to realise the work that is needed to be done. In the long-term Saturday's result could benefit Everton. A lot of work changes need to be done in order to compete at the top. The Blues looked far from a team capable of qualifying for Europe.
Everton looked lost against Chelsea, Koeman is still finding his feet but one win in seven games highlights the problems at Goodison. The Blues need to get back to winning ways. A two-week international break has come at the right time, the break will give Koeman the chance to put the defeat behind the team and come back stronger.
The Blues defeat was the heaviest in the Premier League since Arsenal won 6-1 at Goodison on the opening day of the season in August 2009. With that said, Koeman is not Roberto Martinez, the Dutchman will bring success to Everton but this weekend showed that it will take time.
Koeman made a big mistake
Koeman's tactics have mostly paid off this season; this weekend however was a different story. The Dutchman chose to switch to a three-man defence.
That decision was nothing but a disaster; Chelsea ripped Everton's defence and team apart. Antonio Conte's side were worthy winners and were a different class to Everton. By the time Koeman switched back to a back four after half an hour, the game was already over. The Blues had already accepted the fact that they had lost.
Time for so called stars to prove their worth
The conversation surrounding Everton's stars underperforming has been constant this season. Ross Barkley had an excellent game against West Ham, but was a different player at the weekend. His inconsistency is one of the reasons why he hasn't been called up to the England squad. Despite being the Blues leading goal scorer, Romelu Lukaku needs to deliver against the top teams in order to be regarded as a world-class star.
Maarten Stekelenburg saved the toffees against Manchester City; on the weekend he could have also done better. Gareth Barry was replaced in the second half by youngster Tom Davies who actually showed some potential. It's time for Koeman to give some of the Blues young stars a chance, as it's clear to see that a lot of players are simply not living up to expectations.
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