'Must shoulder some responsibility' - Sutton criticises Everton senior man (not Koeman)
By Aramide Oladipo
Chris Sutton has heaped heavy criticism on Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh following the club’s poor start to the new campaign.
The Toffees endured their fourth Premier League defeat of the season after losing 1-0 to Burnley at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Merseyside club are now just two points off the relegation zone in the league table and manager Ronald Koeman is under severe pressure to keep his job.
Everton have also struggled on their return to the Europa League this season, picking up one point in their opening two matches against Italian side Atalanta and Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol.
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail, Sutton feels that Walsh should be also held responsible for the club’s disappointing start after the summer signings have failed to deliver the goods.
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“When you pay out close to £150million, you do not get the luxury of time,” he wrote.
“With expectations so high, Koeman needed players to hit the ground running.
“Their recruitment has been a large part of the problem and Steve Walsh, Everton’s director of football, must shoulder some responsibility.
“He arrived with a big reputation having discovered the stars that fired Leicester to the title.
“Everton had plenty of time to replace Romelu Lukaku but somehow they have bought three No 10s — Wayne Rooney, Davy Klaassen and Gylfi Sigurdsson — and no striker.
“Rooney was heralded as their marquee signing but yesterday against Burnley, Koeman thought he only warranted a place on the bench.”
New recruits Klaassen, Sigurdsson and Sandro Ramirez have all failed to find the back of the net in the early stages of their Everton careers in all competitions.
Although Rooney has already notched up three goals for the club, his behaviour off the field has been under the spotlight over the last month.
New defender Michael Keane has also failed to help the side keep clean sheets whilst goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has arguably been Everton’s best summer signing.
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