Many Everton fans have been demanding to see more from Morgan Schneiderlin, after the club shared a selection of the midfielder’s stats from Saturday’s win over Chelsea on social media.
Supporters have been reacting to the post by suggesting that consistency remains an issue for Schneiderlin, as the £13.5million-rated anchor is fully capable of producing performances like he did at the weekend, but often fails to reach the same levels.
His inclusion in Duncan Ferguson’s first Toffees teamsheet since the departure of Marco Silva was the 30-year-old’s first Premier League start since the 2-0 home loss to Norwich City, when Schneiderlin was hauled off 11 minutes into the second-half.
Prior to the Canaries’ visit to Goodison Park, Schneiderlin had featured in the starting line-up of eight of our top-flight fixtures for the term, but only saw out the full 90 minutes on three occasions and failed to feature in four games outside of his one-match suspension in August.
Schneiderlin appeared to almost be at the top of his game on Saturday, though, as the club have shared that the 15-cap France international won eight duels up against Frank Lampard’s Stamford Bridge natives, along with three successful tackles and won two aerial duels.
Does Schneiderlin start vs Manchester United on Sunday?
No, he isn't good enough
The former Manchester United midfielder won his eight duels from nine ground battles and three aerial contests, and recorded his three successful tackles from six attempts, per Sofa Score statistics.
He also registered three clearances, one interception, saw his sole shot fail to hit the target, and could only connect with a teammate with one of five long passes.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to the club’s post highlighting a selection of Schneiderlin’s stats from Saturday’s win over Chelsea…
3 tackles won??? Wont be good enough in most matches!
— Gerry ring (@RingKilcronan) December 9, 2019
Always plays well for around 3 games under a new manager and then performances drop off. Has got quality in him.
— John McBride (@__McBride) December 9, 2019
Doesnt matter because he’s been here 3 years and put in 1 good performance, get rid asap.
— Tommy Vercetti (@EfcTone) December 9, 2019
Was good yeah, still needs binning off next summer tho
— Tom (@EFCTom_) December 9, 2019
It’s a wonder why he can’t produce performances like that on a more regular basis. 🙄
— Andreas Wätt (@Wattawildworld) December 9, 2019
Played well Saturday still a crab tho
— Owen (@Owen_1878) December 9, 2019
It’s now about consistency, a number of those players that played their best game yet on Saturday need to show that passion and commitment each game
— Jason Berry (@jberry79) December 9, 2019
One swallow, summer etc etc week in/week out 100% something he just hasn’t done.
— Reysan (@humfmeister) December 9, 2019
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