'Letting the team down' - Exclusive: Danny Mills blasts 'Daft' Everton mainstay after City loss

Danny Mills has blasted Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin as a liability to his teammates after his performance against Manchester City on Saturday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender said that the French international lets himself down with his disciplinary record, insisting he can be a good player.

Schneiderlin, 29, invoked the ire of City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne in the Toffees’ 3-1 defeat, scything down the Belgian playmaker with a poorly timed and potentially dangerous tackle which earned him a yellow card.

Mills says that the former Southampton and Manchester United man is a danger not only to the opposition with his tackles but a cause of concern for his teammates and manager Marco Silva as he walks a tightrope with the officials.

Mills told Football Insider: “From time to time, he does make some daft challenges that he doesn’t need to make. He’s a good player, his disciplinary record isn’t fabulous and you can get sent off so easily in this day and age, you’ve got to be so, so careful.

“You don’t want to be running the risk week in, week out of putting your team under pressure. That’s the problem, what you don’t want. Letting the team down can cause you a real problem.” 

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Schneiderlin has already seen red once this season, picking up two yellow cards in Everton’s opening game against Crystal Palace, but he has remained a mainstay under Marco Silva with five starts in seven appearances for the Toffees.

The 15-cap French international has played 190 times in the Premier League during his time at Southampton, Manchester United and Everton, picking up 35 bookings, including nine in his first season in England, and three red cards.

In other Everton news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider that one Toffees mainstay needs to change his attitude at Goodison Park.