Three lines of the Coldplay song ‘Fix You’ immediately spring to mind when it comes trying to uncover what is needed to turn Everton’s fortunes around.
After all they are now one place outside the relegation places through seven games and 9/4 to recover to finish in the top six, which is hard to fancy on present form. Tottenham at 1/2 in the same market looks by far the better bet of the pair.
“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed.”
There are grounds to suggest that Roberto Martinez has taken his eye off the ball in recent weeks and is therefore not theoretically trying his best.
Tim Howard has been at fault for numerous goals and has to take a large portion of the blame for Everton having the worst defensive record in the Premier League. Is it time to give Joel Robles an extended run in the side?
Meanwhile, Samuel Eto’o has played just ten minutes across Everton’s last two top-flight games despite starring in Europe. Maybe he should be on the pitch more frequently?
What can’t be argued is that the Toffees threw the kitchen sink at Manchester United, but were unsuccessful in their quest of getting a point. David de Gea made three world class saves, including a Leighton Baines penalty.
They tried their best at Old Trafford for 45 minutes, but didn’t succeed.
“When you lose something you can’t replace.”
Everton’s best two players for running directly at the opposition and making them backtrack are Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas, but both are injured. Barkley is yet to kick a ball this season.
This leaves Everton without a key part of their attacking arsenal and is one possible reason why Romelu Lukaku has been shunted wide to pin back opposition full-backs.
However, it was highlighted on Match of the Day 2 just how little time Lukaku is spending in central areas, which is criminal for a striker costing £28m.
Getting him back playing centrally where he can dribble at pace and be physical with central defenders may help.
“When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep.”
Everton have dropped seven points from winning positions in the Premier League so far, which is more than any other club. They only dropped 12 throughout the whole of last season under Martinez.
Tiredness is clearly kicking in late in games and it is possibly the injuries that are depleting Everton from being able to make suitable replacements.
James McCarthy is another on the injured list and one of the team’s big midfield pressers, setting the tempo for their game. Everton’s pressing game is tiresome and maybe they need to save more for the final 20 minutes.