It is one of the cardinal sins of football management to disregard any major title. Marco Silva has done just that tonight, and it’s a sackable offence.
No, I’m not suggesting he should be sacked. But it is sheer neglect and he, Silva, clearly doesn’t understand what the fans actually want. Which is a shame, as in my book, any credibility he has previously gained is well and truly gone.
The team selection was a disgrace. Tom Davies retained his place, so that’s never a good sign, with Morgan Schneiderlin alongside him – meaning Schneiderlin was asked to do the work of two midfielders. That set him up for immense failure, as we often saw last season.
Kieran Dowell started with no sight of Gylfi Sigurdsson in the squad. That sentence alone should enrage Everton fans. Kieran Dowell is not Gylfi Sigurdsson. Marco Silva dropped Everton’s most important player for our most important match of the season.
He also dropped Jordan Pickford. I’m not even going to say any more on that. We have an elite keeper for a reason, he does not get dropped for a glorified coach, ever.
This result is entirely down to Marco Silva’s absolute idiocy and negligence. It is one of the most amateur, out of touch line-ups I’ve seen….
Since last season.
Nothing has changed, apparently? I wonder.
Maarten Stekelenburg - 5
Fine. Not Jordan Pickford, which is bad.
Jonjoe Kenny - 7
One of the only players who can leave with his head held high in this mess of a team
Kurt Zouma - 6
Won most of his battles in the air but could not prevent Southampton from looking dangerous every time they attacked.
Michael Keane - 4
Largely the same as Kurt Zouma, but without the saving grace that he was comfortable on the ball and in the opposition half.
Leighton Baines - 3
We have been very much spoiled with Lucas Digne, who may well be one of Europe’s best full backs, and tonight we saw what we once had.
Leighton Baines is not the player he used to be.
Morgan Schneiderlin - 5
Schneiderlin calms down the midfield whenever he plays, but he didn’t have any opportunity to utilise his playmaking skills as he was covering for Tom Davies all night, as any unfortunate partner of the midfielder has
Tom Davies - 0
Tonight really was my breaking point with Tom Davies.
He was given a key role in midfield and handed the reigns of creativity as the only remaining central midfielder come the 90th minute.
He absolutely, comprehensively wasted his chance and actively helped us to lose this game.
The first test a player must pass is the eye test. Tom Davies never, ever looks impressive.
Sometimes the eye test fails due to our previous bias however, so we use stats and replays.
Tom Davies will look every bit as horrid as he did watching from the Paddock tonight.
I’m finished with the Tom Davies experiment, permanently. Once André Gomes and Beni Baningime are fit, I hope the meritocratic pecking order will place Tom Davies firmly at the bottom until he fixes the fact he has so far peaked in his first season.
Bernard - 7
Back to normal service, Bernard looked impressive in large parts of the match. He is the player we need, a David Silva-type with immense control on the ball and a real eye for a pass.
Kieran Dowell - 1
Forgot he was playing until he was taken off at half-time.
Ademola Lookman - 7
Chalking up another hilarious decision by Mr. Silva was the withdrawal of our most dangerous player.
Lookman seemed right up for the challenge tonight and this was by far his best game since Apollon last season.
Cenk Tosun - 3
Tosun was well and truly drowned out tonight. Nothing fell his way and he couldn’t make anything happen.
Oumar Niasse – 5
Niasse does what Niasse does. He was a threat when he came on, and provided a great assist for Walcott’s equaliser.
Richarlison – 2
Couldn’t find his feet in the game at all and then sealed our fate essentially with an attempt at a penalty.
Theo Walcott- N/A
Good finish. Bad penalty.