There was always going to be plenty of fallout at Everton following the weekend’s pretty comprehensive defeat to Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Having entered the September international break with victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, the Goodison Park faithful were hoping to see us make it back to back victories over Eddie Howe’s side as we made the trip on Sunday, but despite Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting us back on level terms before the half time break, we failed to kick on and Bournemouth scored twice more to take all three points in a 3-1 win.
Fans will naturally have their own thoughts after that kind of performance, as we certainly had the ball and enough chances to take something from the match, but it’s entirely predictable that in some quarters of the media the Marco Silva debate is now back.
One player who didn’t get away from criticism for an absolute clanger was England man Fabian Delph, as despite the 29-year-old starting to show some promise, his failed clearance (Ryan Fraser’s free kick) in the game was pundit Graeme Souness’s immediate go-to as he spoke to Sky Sports at just gone 4pm on Sunday afternoon.
“It was a poor bit of defending by Fabian Delph, because he’s not got a right foot and decided to go with his left foot. Poor. Just go and put your right foot through it, you’re a Premier League player, you must have practised with your right foot. It’s not good, any way you dress it up, that’s poor, very poor. It’s a simple bit of defending, that’s bread and butter stuff. Don’t take your eye off the ball, give it back to Ryan Fraser, kick it out of the stadium, just make some sort of contact so the ball doesn’t end up in the back of your net.”
It’s not a surprise seeing Souness be critical, but there’s not really a defence for Delph there.