Jermaine Jenas has criticised Everton’s attacking contingent.
Everton were woeful going forward against Arsenal on Sunday.
The Toffees succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against the Gunners at Goodison Park. Sean Dyche’s side weren’t able to seriously test the Arsenal defence at any point and could only muster one shot on target in the entire match.
Goals have been consistently hard to come by for Everton so far this season. They have failed to score in four of their five Premier League outings so far. They have only found the back of the net against newly-promoted Sheffield United, when they battled to a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane.
It is not as if the Toffees are missing their key attacking players. £30 million summer signing Beto started up front against Arsenal, supported by loanee Arnaut Danjuma and last season’s top scorer Dwight McNeil. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was also brought on from the bench.
The fact that Everton looked so toothless at home, with their top attacking talents on the pitch, will be a major worry for Dyche.
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Jermaine Jenas highlights what Everton have lacked for too long
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has been damning in his review of the Toffees’ attacking performance. Speaking on Match of the Day 2, he said, “the biggest problem they’ve had over those course of games is they can’t score goals. Goals don’t come to Everton easily.”
“I think if you go over the years when Leon [Osman] was playing, whenever I was going there with Newcastle and with Spurs, they always had a top striker. Whether it was [Louis] Saha or [Romelu] Lukaku.”
“They haven’t had that for a number of years now and that’s one thing. Today, they lacked the biggest thing that they’ve always had which is the ability to get that crowd going.”
The Goodison Park faithful were subdued as they saw their side outclassed by Arsenal. Everton couldn’t give them anything to shout about during the match.
If the Merseyside outfit are stand any chance of securing Premier League survival this season, they need far more from the likes of Beto, Danjuma, and Calvert-Lewin, even when up against top opposition.
Dyche needs to find a way to inspire some cutting edge from these players soon, otherwise Everton’s season is in danger of drifting into disastrous territory very quickly.