By Aramide Oladipo
BBC pundit Kevin Kilbane has heaped huge criticism on Everton senior duo Phil Jagielka and Kevin Mirallas for their performance on the weekend.
Both players featured as the Toffees slumped to a disappointing 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium against newly-promoted Brighton on Sunday afternoon.
Everton needed summer recruit Wayne Rooney to convert a last minute penalty to earn a point which means that they currently sit in 16th position in the league table.
Analysing the match on the BBC Sport website, former Everton midfielder Kilbane was quick to single out club skipper Jagielka, 35, and winger Mirallas, 30, for their lack of consistency on the football pitch.
“Phil Jagielka has long been their go-to defender but he has had injury problems and I am not sure how much longer they can rely on him to be the man to hold their backline together,” he said.
“Kevin Mirallas came off the bench and did well in those areas against Brighton, including his part in the equaliser – he won the free-kick that led to Bruno’s moment of madness – but I would not pin all my hopes on him making a huge difference if he was given a regular starting role.
“From watching the Belgian in the five years since he joined Everton, he has not been consistently good when he has started games – he has always had a bigger impact as a substitute.”
Jagielka featured for the Merseyside club on the weekend for the first time in three matches after recovering from a thigh problem, but he has not impressed with his performances this season.
Everton have only managed to achieve one clean sheet in the Premier League when the veteran defender has been involved this season.
Meanwhile, Mirallas has spent the majority of the campaign watching on from the sidelines as Koeman has opted to show more faith in his summer signings.
The Belgian has not started a single Premier League game this season which has contributed in him failing to provide a goal or assist.
In other Everton news, the club are reportedly lining up a move for this Newcastle United senior man.