Everton paid a heavy price for their inconsistency and over reliant on couple of players to win the games week-in-week-out. Had it not been for Romelu Lukaku’s 25 goals, The Toffees would have suffered an even disastrous 2015/16 season.
Perhaps the biggest surprising aspect about Everton’s downfall this season was how they faltered despite fielding some of the best young players in Premier League. Roberto Martinez had the luxury of selecting the likes of Lukaku, Barkley, Stones and McCarthy week-in-week-out, so it begs us to ask exactly where did it all go wrong for the Blue side from Merseyside.
Martinez and his stubbornness
One of the biggest criticisms of Roberto Martinez’s time at Goodison Park was his reluctance in playing the same way. Other teams had sensed Martinez’s rigid playing style where his defense liked to push forward and midfielders were willing to take risk in search of that final ball.
However, Everton had limited resources to back those extravagant plans and it showed in the way they suffered consistent defeats throughout the season.
Stubbornness leading to Goodison’s demise
At times, teams need to see out games when they are being put under the cosh, however, Everton were never prepared to dig out for results and it led to their appalling results at Goodison Park. Everton suffered 8 loses at home while could only win 6 in front of their own fans.
Premier League can be very grilling for teams who fail to get positive results at home and that is where Martinez paid a heavy price and eventually got the sack for his lackluster and inconsistent performances.
Players having their head turned away
Players like Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are at the right age to join a top club and their performances this season have definitely attracted a lot of suitors. Given how Everton have faltered this season, those young and insanely talented stars began to drift away as the season went along.
The biggest sign was Lukaku’s decline in form. At one time, The Belgian was level with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane for the Golden Boot run-in. However, Lukaku was left stranded at 18 while Kane raced ahead to 25 goals and Vardy ended the season with 24 strikes to his name.
Everton’s season in a nutshell
Coming in to the 2015/16 season, Everton were seen as one of the teams to cause havoc amongst the top teams, however, what we witnessed was a sorry tale of a manger who was not willing to change his ideologies.
In the end, it cost Roberto Martinez his job and saw Everton suffer their worst campaign in Premier League in recent seasons. Finishing at 12th was nothing short of a disaster for Everton who are now looking for a new manager and perhaps better times ahead in coming seasons.