By Joe Ellis

23rd Jan, 2022 | 2:10pm

Agbonlahor cools Everton relegation fears - 'They’ve got enough quality'

Everton suffered their third straight Premier League defeat on Saturday as Aston Villa came away from Goodison Park with all three points.

The slender 1-0 scoreline was reflective of the effort put in by the Toffees players as Duncan Ferguson took caretaker charge after Rafael Benitez’s sacking.

Norwich City’s win on Friday night saw Everton drop closer to the relegation zone but former Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor doesn’t think there should be any worry at the club yet.

“They did look better Everton,” Agbonlahor said on talkSPORT, “They were just playing against a real tough side to play against.

“As much as the Ferguson effect that they did have, Aston Villa has the Steven Gerrard effect.

“I think Everton will be fine, Richarlison is back and he looked sharp, Calvert-Lewin will start scoring goals soon. They’ve got enough quality.”

No need to panic

Agbonlahor is right, Everton do have the quality to not just stay up but do so with no worries come May.

Ferguson certainly got the players fighting for the shirt and there was definitely a much less toxic feeling around the ground now Benitez is no longer at the helm.

The final pass, the deciding finish; it wasn’t there on Saturday and Everton paid the price for that but it will come and it will be then that the Toffees start to pull away from the drop zone.

Villa have been exceptional under Gerrard since he joined them from Rangers and the comeback draw against Manchester United certainly gave them a spring in their step which ultimately made the difference in a game of little quality.

The search for a new manager continues but for now, Ferguson has to get the players back into a state of mind where they can back themselves against anyone in the division and only then will the team start picking up results.

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