Jermaine Jenas tells Everton exactly what they need to get back to winning ways
Jermaine Jenas has claimed there are two things Everton need if they want to get back to winning ways at Goodison Park.
The ex-Tottenham midfielder claimed that this Everton side is unlike one he ever faced as a player, as they are missing that player up front who you know will be providing the goals for the side.
He also claimed that the level of performances from Sean Dyche’s side have not been good enough to get the crowd going, stating the atmosphere against Arsenal was the worst he’s ever heard at Goodison Park.
Jenas was speaking live on Match of the Day 2 [17 September, 17:50], where he claimed: “For me, the biggest problem they’ve had over those course of games is they can’t score goals. Goals don’t come to Everton easily.
“I think if you go over the years when Leon [Osman] was playing, whenever I was going there with Newcastle and with Spurs, they always had a top striker. Whether it was [Louis] Saha or [Romelu] Lukaku when he was there.
“They haven’t had that for a number of years now and that’s one thing. Today, they lacked the biggest thing that they’ve always had which is the ability to get that crowd going.
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“It was like a public park, I’ve never heard Goodison Park so quiet ever. That’s down to the way they approached the game today.”
The crowd make a real difference to the results
The Goodison Park crowd have always been capable of making their stadium a difficult place for opposition teams to visit, getting on their backs and supporting their team passionately for 90 minutes as they almost drag the sides to victory.
Some of the clearest evidence of this was seen towards the end of the 2021/22 season, with Frank Lampard in charge, with the crowd credited for the victory over Crystal Palace in particular which saw Everton survive relegation that season.
Now, though, that passion and desire from the stands seems to have faded somewhat, and with that, the passion and desire on the pitch appears to have followed suit. One always influences the other – the crowd can drag the team up a level while the team can get the crowd on their side. Neither has happened this season.
The need for a striker may be less of a pressing issue after the arrival of Beto, as it remains to be seen against sides not of Arsenal’s quality whether he can be a difference-maker in securing results for his side.
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