By Emma Sanders
Football Insider chooses the three worst moments for Everton in 2016 as they struggled to find form in the Premier League under Roberto Martinez and have suffered a slow start under Ronald Koeman.
Niasse £13.5m transfer
Martinez made a strange signing in January when he splashed £13.5 million on a relatively unknown Senegalese striker. He was reluctant to use him too, spouting excuses about injuries before eventually introducing him in the 2-0 FA Cup victory against Bournemouth and he was awful. Since then, he has been told to train with the under-23s by Ronald Koeman and is yet to feature for the first team this season, though it’s unlikely he will again at all. It was a bit of a waste of money and can be a categorised as a transfer shocker.
FA Cup semi-final defeat
During a season of incredibly poor league results in 2015-16, there was hope in the domestic cup competitions and Everton reached the semi-final of the Capital One Cup and the FA Cup. A major trophy would have dramatically improved the outcome of the season but they lost 2-1 against Manchester United in the FA Cup after Anthony Martial scored a dramatic stoppage time winner. Further salt was rubbed into the wounds when ex-Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini scored the opener for United.
Roberto Martinez sacking
Poor form in the league, some strange substitutions and transfer decisions meant Martinez’ future at the club was under huge speculation in the summer and it came as no surprise when he was eventually given the sack. It was a concerning time for fans and Romelu Lukaku’s future was under strain but Ronald Koeman’s arrival ensured he stayed, though results have not really improved.
In other Everton news, this 23-year-old was deemed the club’s best young player.