Jamie Carragher was not backwards in coming forwards about his verdict on the Everton players following their 2-1 defeat against Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend.
Speaking on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, broadcast at 7pm, the former Liverpool defender slated the Toffees players and Ashley Williams in particular, and questioned whether the former Swansea City defender even knows how to play the game.
He said: “The quality in it (Everton dressing room), is nowhere near good enough.
“But also I don’t have to watch any of Everton’s away games. I just look at a record like that and straight away you know they must be and they are physically and mentally weak.
“The senior players don’t lead, they don’t lead. They really don’t. The defenders in particular.
“They really don’t lead and they need to lead more. I’m not sure Ashley Williams knows how to play.”
It was a damning indictment all round from the Sky Sports pundit but one which you’d have to say wasn’t far off the mark.
Football Insider verdict:
You’d have to say that Carragher was right on every count he uttered against the Blues. Having won just five times in 40 games on the road, statistically that represents a lack of mental strength. Not only that, but their inability to mount any kind of come back after going a goal behind shows they have no belief in themselves either. Sam Allardyce’s side put on an impressive first half performance away at Turf Moor, but once Ashley Barnes scored the equaliser , the writing was on the wall and there was only ever one winner. So when Chris Wood popped up to give Sean Dyche’s side all three points, there wasn’t an eyelid batted. Looking at the Toffees now, they depict a team that is devoid of confidence and of direction, not helped by their own supporters who chastise their every move, ensuring there is no place to hide.