Jamie Redknapp has destroyed Everton for losing their identity this season, saying that he believes that there’s a lack of talent in the squad that is able to get fans off their seats.
The Toffees were at one stage trying to fend off the threat of relegation after a poor start under Ronald Koeman and butchered manager search that saw David Unsworth’s caretaker charge fail to improve things.
With nine games to play, Everton are 11th in the Premier League table but fans are unhappy with the football that Sam Allardyce has implement, as well as the lack of good results.
Former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Redknapp has now claimed that the £200million spent on transfers in the summer is not something that can be pinned on Allardyce, suggesting that was the source of all their issues this season.
“I played against Everton for many years with really good players. They had a philosophy of how they wanted to play, they were aggressive, got the ball into wide areas but I look at them now and go ‘what are they?” he said, as quoted on the Sky Sports website
“There’s no real talent that’s going to get me on the edge of my seat when I watch Everton.”
He added: “I don’t think you can blame Sam because he wasn’t there at the start of the season when they spent £200m.
“When you decide to sell Lukaku, you’ve got to look at who you’re going to bring in and even defensively, he hasn’t got the right recipe. Ashley Williams looked all over the place at times today and it is a real worry when I look at that. I just don’t see a team.”
Football Insider verdict
Everton looked as though they had a really good summer transfer window on paper. They strengthened a lot of positions with big-name and big-money signings but ultimately their failure to find a new striker has led to their demise. They were never going to get a player of Lukaku’s quality, but they did not even come close when Sandro Ramirez was the only centre-forward snapped up. One area that is also overlooked is that Koeman and Steve Walsh failed to sort out the issues at full-back. Leighton Baines is ageing and his injury record isn’t great while everyone knew Seamus Coleman was going to be out for a long time.