By Aramide Oladipo
Tony Cascarino has criticised Everton defenders Ashley Williams and Leighton Baines as well as summer signing Wayne Rooney for their recent start to the new campaign and claimed that they need to “raise their game”.
The Toffees suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Burnley at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon which heaped even more pressure on manager Ronald Koeman.
All three players played some part in the match but they failed to make the desired impact as Everton slumped to their fourth loss in seven league games.
The results means that the Merseyside club have only picked up two victories in the Premier League, leaving them in 16th position in the table just two points above the relegation zone.
Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino, who has a weekly slot on Sky Sports, feels that the three experienced players need to improve on their recent performances.
“In times of crisis you need your experienced players to take a lead and take control,” he wrote.
“But Everton’s older heads such as Leighton Baines, Ashley Williams and even Wayne Rooney are really struggling with their form and influence.
“If he’s going to get out of this mess Ronald Koeman will need the senior men to raise their game.”
Both Baines and Williams have started every single Premier League match this season but the Toffees have only managed to achieve one clean sheet in the process.
Although Rooney is currently the club’s joint top goalscorer this season, the striker has failed to find the back of the net in the Premier League since August.
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