Darren Bent has savaged the performance of Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin after the win over Crystal Palace.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the French international offered nothing to his teammates during the 3-1 victory at Goodison Park.
The 30-year-old replaced the suspended Fabian Delph in the middle of the park for Saturday’s showdown, with Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane and Bernard also coming into the starting XI.
However, Bent says he saw nothing from the former Manchester United man to suggest he should keep his place in the side, criticising his negative approach in the middle.
“For me, he offers absolutely nothing,” Bent told Football Insider.
“I know what Delphy gives you – he breaks up play, he can play, he’s played in big games, he’s won big trophies whereas Schneiderlin, a lot of the time he passes sideways and backwards and he doesn’t really affect the game as much.
“I wouldn’t say he’s a dominant, holding midfielder because sometime he’s out of position and as for distribution and starting off plays, it’s all side to side. Today, I saw him get the ball, dribble 40 yards and pass 10 yards sidewards. He just doesn’t do much for me.”
Saturday was Schneiderlin’s 17th appearance of the season and his 86th outing for the Toffees since joining the club.
Carlo Ancelotti has the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Tom Davies to call upon in the middle of the pitch at the moment, with Andre Gomes and Jean-Phillipe Gbamin out injured.
In other Everton news, Kevin Phillips says one outfield player has been a “huge disappointment.”