By Ben Brown

28th Apr, 2022 | 7:40am

Louis Saha perplexed by Everton Premier League struggles

Former Everton striker Louis Saha has admitted his complete shock at the Toffees’ current situation as they look to avoid Premier League relegation.

The Frenchman bagged 35 goals for the club after joining from Manchester United, one being the fastest goal in FA Cup final history with his strike against Chelsea in 2009.

Days like that seem a lifetime ago with the Toffees’ current predicament and Saha concedes he can’t put his finger on why exactly the club are in such a mess.

“I have absolutely no idea. Mistakes have been made but to point out what the problem is and where it went wrong to the point where they’re in a relegation battle, it’s a mystery to me,” he told (27 April).

“Conceding silly goals at home, making silly mistakes. I don’t understand those mistakes. Sometimes it’s individuals, but sometimes the spirit of the team is not the same. 

“I remember my time at Everton, it was really tough to come to Goodison Park… sometimes you have to play in a more dirty way and I think that’s been lost a little bit.

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“Teams at the bottom, have the spirit, where they don’t feel entitled to those points, whereas maybe Everton has been more privileged over the years, where they don’t need to fight relegation battles.”

Dire Straits

Saha might have a point in that since this situation is new to Everton they are ill-equipped to deal with the pressures that come with it.

No one, not even the most pessimistic of Evertonians, could’ve seen it getting as bad as this and if relegation does occur it will be a damning reflection on the mismanagement of the club by Farhad Moshiri since his takeover in 2016.

Frank Lampard cannot be blamed for the burning building which he walked into when joining but it can also be said the midfield superstar in his playing days has never had to face severe adversity in football up to this point and this situation is something he is a complete novice in.

Brilliant as he was as a player meant that success inevitably followed and the 43-year-old has had similar security during his time in charge at Derby County and Chelsea.

Ultimately there’s a whole concoction of reasons Everton find themselves in disarray, and right now it seems churlish to point fingers when there’s Premier League status at stake.

All that matters now is survival at all costs.

In other Everton news, Lampard says this current player will star for both club and country in the future.

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