By Jack Cunningham

2nd Dec, 2021 | 10:10pm

Everton players unhappy with Benitez over key issue

A section of Everton players are growing frustrated at Rafael Benitez’s limiting style of play he has adopted.

The Athletic claim that some members of the first-team feel as though they have been limited by the Spaniard’s preferred way of playing.

Players on the fringes are also growing frustrated at the lack of first-team chances, and the Spaniard has made no effort to galvanise the players away from training in a social setting.

So, problems appear to be growing, and it seems as if several players are unhappy with Benitez’s tactical plans.

The pressure increases.

If these players genuinely believe that they can go out and play expansive football, they are kidding themselves.

They have no obvious playmaker who can dictate the play and keep things moving.

Their centre-backs aren’t that comfortable on the ball, and the wingers are much happier driving at people and putting crosses in than crafting out opportunities from deep.

So, there are many reasons why the Toffees can’t really play an expansive game and playing to their strengths with fast and direct counter-attacks worked at the start of the season.

Of course, losing Dominic Calvert-Lewin has impacted them badly, but this whole notion that the Toffees can play expansive football is well off the mark.

Things aren’t working at the moment, but if Everton open up even more, surely things will just get worse and worse?

There are some concerning things in this report, but hopefully, the players stick with Benitez because he can turn this around.

In other Everton news, one Toffees man has picked up a new injury ahead of the Arsenal game.

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