23-year-old is overrated: Three things we learned about Everton from defeat v Liverpool
By Amir Mir
Football Insider analyses the three talking points as Everton are beaten 3-1 against Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Barry should have started
It was a bold move by Ronald Koeman to play such a young and vibrant team against their local rivals. However, with the injuries to the side, midfielder Gareth Barry would have provided the extra legs in the middle of the park had he started ahead of forward Calvert-Lewin who had a poor game. The young duo of Tom Davies and Ross Barkley looked good going forward but couldn’t provide defensive cover. Barry would have helped Idrissa Gueye in that department had he started.
Lukaku is overrated
The 23-year-old is the highest goalscorer in the Premier League and his future at Goodison Park is in doubt after he refused to sign a new contract. However, the Belgium international has failed to produce the goods against the big teams and it does make him a flat track bully. During a crucial clash against Liverpool, he went missing and is proving that he is overrated amongst those who praise his work.
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Barkley and Williams should have been sent off
It is understandable to see hard tackles going in during derbies, but the two incidents involving Ross Barkley and Ashley Williams should have resulted in them seeing red. Centre-back Williams stamped on Emre Can, while Barkley’s high tackle on Dejan Lovren was extremely dangerous. There is the likelihood that Williams could be punished for his stamp on Can if the FA decide to punish him after the game.
In other Everton news, the Times report that Romelu Lukaku’s boot deal holds the key to his future.