By Sam Stone

21st Jul, 2022 | 9:10am

Everton in bad shape for Premier League season after 4-0 Minnesota United defeat

Journalist Richard Buxton has cast doubt over the Toffees’ chances in the 2022/23 Premier League campaign after Everton suffered a damaging 4-0 preseason defeat to Minnesota United.

The loss is Everton’s second of their tour of the US with Arsenal beating Frank Lampard’s side 2-0 on Sunday (17 July).

Buxton, who covers Everton and Liverpool, feels that the defeats in America could well be a sign of things to come for the Toffees.

He said on Thursday 21 July, via Twitter:” Pre-season friendlies aren’t usually a reliable indicator for what the coming months will bring, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that Everton will be the exception.”

Poor result

Regardless of the changes that Lampard may have made during the defeat, a Premier League side should be putting up a far better fight against an MLS team.

Everton should have had more than enough quality to beat Minnesota, not succumb to a 4-0 defeat.

The obvious caveat of preseason is there and it shouldn’t be ignored by the Goodison Park faithful, but surely Lampard needs to be installing a winning culture and mentality into his squad.

However, considering the Toffees transfer business, or lack of, it can hardly come as a surprise to see Everton put in a timid performance out in the States.

They’ve so far added James Tarkowski to their ranks but haven’t replaced Richarlison after his move to Tottenham.

There is still a long time left in the transfer window so right now there shouldn’t be too much panic, but surely the Toffees need to add to their squad soon.

Lampard would’ve been keen to have more than one addition with him for their preseason preparations, with Maxwel Cornet a player the Toffees have their eye on.

Let’s hope there are some much-needed additions in the coming weeks.