By Laura O'Leary

28th Nov, 2017 | 3:27pm

Lineker: This is where it went wrong for 'sad' Everton

Gary Lineker has pointed the finger at the sale of Romelu Lukaku, which had the knock-on effect of Everton buying a lot of new players, as the reason behind Everton’s titanic struggles this season.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror, the BT Sport pundit likened the situation to when Tottenham sold Gareth Bale only to struggle in the months that followed due to players not settling in.

“When you sell a big player, you get loads of money for him and lots of new players come in, some will adapt pretty well,” said Lineker before adding, “but others won’t adapt at all and it takes a while to find that out.”

The 56-year-old continued, “You try different things and all of a sudden, by the time Christmas comes round, you still don’t know your best team and you’re near the bottom of the table.

“That’s kind of what’s gone on with Everton, and it’s sad.”

The Toffees sold their top scorer Lukaku to Manchester United in a deal that could potentially get them £90million, and then proceeded to spend the money on signing 13 news players.

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This included splashing the cash on Gylfi Sigurddson, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen.

Just like Tottenham in 2013, after signing several new players to replace one key star, the manager was sacked for poor performances.

Andre Villas-Boas, who is now linked to Everton, lost his job for Tottenham at that time and Ronald Koeman lost his job at the Toffees on October 23.

Despite it being a month later, Koeman has still not been replaced as manager with David Unsworth in temporary charge.

Unsworth has won only one of his league games, which leaves Everton only two points clear of the relegation zone with 12 points.

In other Everton news, Unsworth has confirmed the January plans of the Toffees and suggested what they are in need of.

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