By Will Butcher
Ray Wilkins has labelled Everton as “awful” after the Toffees were crushed 5-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Eden Hazard scored a superb brace during Saturday’s tea-time kick off, as Everton were helpless in preventing Antonio Conte’s side from running riot.
Sky Sports pundit Wilkins, who has had two spells as Chelsea’s assistant manager, graded Everton’s performance as a lowly ‘E’ and claimed they were well below their usual standard.
“Oh no, an ‘E’ for Everton, who just were not at the races,” Wilkins claimed in his Sky Sports column. “They did not compete, while their work ethic, which is normally so superb…They just were not there, they were not at it, awful.”
The Toffees have won just once in seven league and cup encounters following the dismal result, which saw Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Pedro also get their name on the score sheet.
Ronald Koeman’s side now sit in a lowly seventh place after the loss, despite four wins from their first five games taking them to second earlier this season.
Former Southampton boss Koeman will now face the uphill of task of picking his players up against Swansea on November 19, as the international break puts the Premier League on pause for two weeks.
If the Toffees can secure their sixth win of the season, they could move back up to fifth position if results go their way before travelling to Koeman’s old side on November 27.
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