Stan Collymore delivers verdict on Everton tactics v Tottenham
By Harvey Byrne
Outspoken pundit Stan Collymore has slammed the tactics Everton used against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.
The scoreline read a close encounter as Spurs finished 3-2 winners over the Toffees with two goals from Harry Kane and a Dele Alli strike cancelling out Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia’s efforts.
However, the stats read much worse for the Blues with Tottenham having 20 shots on target to Everton’s eight alongside other one sided totals.
A number of fans questioned Ronald Koeman’s decision to start a midfield of Morgan Schneiderlin, Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye, while the team also seemed more keen to pass the ball around their back four rather than pushing the ball up the pitch.
Collymore noticed the club’s reluctance to move the ball forward and he believes the Merseyside club failed to play to the strengths of star man Lukaku, while when they did it was too late.
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“The visitors to White Hart Lane are a very good team, with one of the brightest strikers in the game up front in big Rom. So what did the analysis, data guys, squiggles at Finch Farm provide manager Ronald Koeman with during the week of the game to the manager,” wrote Collymore in his column for Boyle Sport.
“Obviously bugger all!
“It took Everton 80 odd minutes before using the big man, getting him turning and facing the Spurs goal, getting him running into the channels, and frankly scaring the life out of the Spurs back four. 80 odd minutes too late.”
The former TalkSPORT man is clearly a big fan of the powerful Belgian striker and he also shared that Everton would have walked away from London with a positive result had they gone more direct to him, rather than focusing on playing passing football.
“The right way is the way which gets the best out of the playing staff a manager inherits or has chance to mould, it’s definitely not asking an Aguero to be a great presser of the ball or asking Gareth Barry to keep toe to toe with Dele Alli.
“The reality in my eyes after watching Spurs v Everton is a single one. If the Toffees would have gone more direct, more often to Lukaku, keeping him involved in the game, keeping him scaring the wits out of the two Spurs central defenders, Everton would have come away with a positive result.”
Everton have had a so far successful season with star man Lukaku proving pivotal with 18 of the Toffees’ 44 league goals this campaign.
However, as the striker continues to impress the bigger clubs maintain their interest and it is felt that if the Blues don’t reach the top four in the near future then he will be off to a team that regularly competes in the Champions League.
In the latest Everton news, Ronald Koeman had this message for Toffees fans after the result on Sunday.