View: Shot-shy Everton need to take more risks if they are to get back on goal trail
Carlo Ancelotti is a manager famed for his organisational structure but his Everton side might have to start gambling more if they are to get back among the goals.
Everton have scored a respectable 26 goals in 16 Premier League matches this season but the goals are drying up for them somewhat.
The Toffees bagged 19 goals in their first nine league games including high-scoring Goodison Park victories over West Brom (5-2) and Brighton (4-2).
However, they have scored only seven in as many matches since which includes two home blanks against West Ham and Leeds.
The goalscoring exploits of Dominic Calvert-Lewin have also dropped off with the striker scoring just once in his last seven Premier League outings.
Per Wyscout, Everton are 14th in the Premier League for shots taken per 90 (9.63) and Southampton are the only team below them who might be of surprise. A bottom five of Sheffield United, West Brom, Newcastle United, Burnley and Crystal Palace is an expected list of teams given their league struggles (all of them reside 14th and below) and style of football.
They are second for shooting efficiency however, with 43.7% of their shots finding the target with only Tottenham Hotspur ahead (44.3%).
Furthermore, they have a league-high xG per shot of 0.151.
Per WhoScored, only West Ham (1.7) register more shots from inside the six yard box per 90 than Everton (1.4), but amazingly only four teams shoot less from inside the penalty area than the Toffees (5.7 per 90).
It is not as if Everton are struggling to get the ball into the box and are just relying on crosses into the six yard box for one touch finishes.
They touch the ball 14.93 times per 90 in the penalty area (Wyscout) which places them in mid-table (11th) in the Premier League rankings for this metric.
Indeed, they have a goal-creating action per 90 of 2.87 (fbref), ranking them sixth in the league.
This all indicates that Everton are not pulling the trigger with the regularity that they should be.
With the likes of James Rodriguez and Lucas Digne missing from the starting XI in recent weeks perhaps a downturn can be expected and Everton will improve in the goalscoring department soon.
If Everton are to assert themselves as a Premier League force this campaign and secure a European spot then taking more risks might land them their just rewards.
As simple as it sounds, taking more shots might be a good place to start.
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