By Danny Wright

31st Oct, 2017 | 5:16pm

'Ridiculous' - Gary Neville slams Everton first-team trio after defeat v Leicester

By Danny Wright

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has slammed Everton’s most senior players for their roles in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Everton have been on a downward spiral since the start of the season, which seems to be getting worse with every game that they play.

Ronald Koeman led the Toffees to seventh in the Premier League table last term, but the Dutchman has since found himself sacked after a terrible start to the new campaign which has left the Merseysiders stranded in the relegation zone.

Sky Sports pundit Neville believes that the more experienced members of the Everton squad have to hold some responsibility in the poor start to the season that the side has endured, singling out the first-team trio of Leighton Baines, Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka for fierce criticism.

“Those experienced players at the back disappoint me continuously. I think they should take responsibility – and they don’t. They shy away from responsibility,” said Neville, as quoted on the Sky Sports website.

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“It’s easy to point at the manager, but you’re not telling me that David Unsworth, in the seven days he’s had with the players before that game, has told them to leave big gaps between the full-back and centre-back?

“They should know; how many games have those lads played? [Leighton] Baines, [Phil] Jagielka, [Ashley] Williams…they have played 100’s of games. Close the spaces between the gaps. It’s ridiculous.”

Unsworth has been placed in caretaker charge while the Toffees search for a successor for Koeman, but since the Under-23 boss was handed his temporary promotion, they have struggled to turn things around, losing both of their games.

Everton splashed the cash in the summer on improving their squad, breaking their transfer record multiple times with the £40million splurge on Gylfi Sigurdsson being the biggest of the lot.

Not many of those summer signings have yet to show their best form, with Wayne Rooney and Jordan Pickford perhaps being the only ones worthy of any sort of praise.

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