By Daniel Feliciano

21st Jan, 2023 | 5:15pm

Robbie Savage loses it live on BT Sport at James Tarkowski after what he did during Everton v West Ham United

Robbie Savage has blasted Everton defender James Tarkowski for his “shocking defending” in the build up to West Ham’s second goal of the game.

The Toffees found themselves 2-0 down at half-time thanks to two goals from Jarrod Bowen, with the second coming after he won the ball on the edge of his own box.

And speaking live on BT Sport Score (15:44), Savage was furious with Tarkowski for diving in on Michail Antonio in the build-up to the goal, which allowed the Jamaica international to get the assist for the second goal.

“Iwobi has the ball on the edge of West Ham’s box, he’s dispossessed and Bowen wins it,” he said.

“He plays the ball down the line to Antonio and Tarkowski dives in stupidly. No idea what he’s doing Tarkowski, it’s shocking defending. He’s going nowhere. Just stay on your feet.

“He stays on his feet, drives into the box, Tarkowski tries to get back, Antonio smashes it across. It takes a deflection and nobody has tracked Bowen, who won the ball on the edge of his own box, and there he is centre of goal on the six yard line to smash it into the net.

“It is shocking from Everton’s point of view defensively. Great desire from Bowen.

“But how can a player win the ball on the edge of his own box, nobody tracks him, it’s 4 v 2. Antonio gets it wide, Tarkowski that’s shocking I don’t care who you are.

“Why has he gone to ground? He’s on the sideline. Stay on your feet. Rio [Ferdinand] says it every single week.”


Tarkowski joined the club in the summer on a free transfer and started the season in brilliant form, helping us to one of the better defensive records in the league.

But in recent months that form has gone out of the window and he now looks bang average once again, and decisions like that don’t help his case.

He goes flying in on the touchline against Antonio when all he really had to do was run alongside him and show him down the line.

Instead by diving in and not getting the ball or the man, he allows Antonio to run into the box unchallenged and pick out Bowen, who somehow wasn’t tracked by any of the Everton midfielders or other defenders.

It’s shocking defending across the board by the whole Everton side and shows why we’re in the position we’re in, but Tarkowski in particular has to do far, far better than that at this level.