After Everton’s embarrassing draw at home to Cypriot minnows Apollon Limassol in the Europa League on Thursday evening, the pressure has been well and truly ramped on Ronald Koeman ahead of a very tough game against Burnley this Sunday.
Everton were, for the first hour against Limassol, absolutely atrocious and made the lowly visitors look like European giants. The system was all wrong from Koeman once again as he persisted with his two defensive-midfielder’s and two number 10’s formation.
This style results in there being no width, no pace, no movement and no service whatsoever for whatever poor sod is playing up front.
The creativity of Rooney and Sigurdsson is stifled as they have no one to make a forward pass to. In almost Every Everton game this season the performance has improved once pacey forwards such as Nikola Vlasic, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman are introduced. Yet the manager still refuses to go with them from the start, instead opting for his stubborn, stiff, sideward’s passing approach.
Burnley have been nothing short of brilliant so far this season, losing just once in the first six games and taking five points from away trips to Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool. Their defence is warrior like and they will literally put their bodies on the line just to win a throw in, never mind to stop a shot on goal.
Sean Dyche has them set-up perfectly, especially away from home as they are unbeaten on the road so far, and going forward Chris Wood isn’t struggling to bring his fine from last season’s Championship campaign with Leeds into the Premier League.
They also have big forward options in Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes and that trio could cause a number of issues to a back line missing Phil Jagielka, Ramiro Funes Mori and former Claret, Michael Keane.
Burnley are a team who work so hard to get results and they are coming up against a team very low on confidence and still unclear on the manager’s tactical plan. If Koeman again opts for his cluttered and cautious team selection then The Clarets have a major chance of causing yet another upset on the road.
If this is the case and Everton fail to get anything but a much needed three points, The Toffees Dutch boss may find himself having to field some very uncomfortable questions about his future come Sunday evening.
Written by Callum Dumbell.
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