Everton undone at Watford

WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Dejected Everton players during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Everton FC at Vicarage Road on February 9, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Dejected Everton players during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Everton FC at Vicarage Road on February 9, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images) /
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So another away trip for Everton and another loss as the Blues slumped to defeat at Watford, to continue a wretched run of Premier League form.

This was a game that Everton needed to win, but yet again the side failed to produce a winning performance and a second half strike from Watford’s Andre Gray was enough to give the Hornets the points.

Marco Silva’s return to Vicarage Road was not a happy one and to top it all off Kurt Zouma was stupidly sent off for two yellow cards, just moments before the match finished.

At this point I feel like just copying and pasting some of my earlier articles into this one because it’s so repetitive how bad the Blues are at the moment.

We just keep going round and round, week after week, with the same thing happening. And despite Everton certainly producing a better effort on Wednesday against Manchester City, this game was much more in line with their recent performances.

The Toffees couldn’t maintain that effort and once again rarely threatened before conceding another goal, the 39th they have let in so far this campaign.

In truth neither side really looked like they could or would score although both keepers making several decent stops. It was a drab game that had the feeling it would be settled by a solitary strike.

So the Toffees stay ninth, despite losing their third straight match, and this only goes to underline the actual mediocrity in the Premier League.

Much is often made of how competitive and demanding this league is but in truth there are a lot of very average sides stratching around in mid-table. And Everton in this form are certainly one of them.

What now? The board must be reflecting on all this drab, dross being delivered by the team on an almost weekly basis. But although Farhad Moshiri has given his backing to Silva, that may not be enough.

It does seem very difficult to see how this situation can just be allowed to carry on and on for the rest of the season with the team floundering and the fans becoming increasingly agitated by constant mediocrity on the pitch. Silva’s position looks increasingly untenable to me.

I don’t have an axe to grind against the Portuguese and I would have liked him to succeed, if only because the Blues desperately need some stability after so many recent managerial changes.

Keeping him in post though for the rest of this increasingly miserable season seems pointless. The team seems listless and totally uninspired.

So I am going to put out a bit of a left-field suggestion and say that Everton should now consider getting rid of Silva and bringing in former boss David Moyes until the end of this campaign.

The ex-Everton manager knows the club of course and would focus his attention on getting the Toffees properly organised and defensively sound, something that is definitely needed as a matter of urgency.

If he was prepared to come back and do what he did at West Ham in the latter half of last season, (a big if it’s true), that would at least, hopefully, stabilise things while the Blues begin thinking about hiring yet another new coach. Critically that search must be led by Marcel Brands and not Moshiri.

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The Everton owner has certainly put his money where his mouth is so to speak, but he is not a football man, Brands is.

I don’t know if this is what Moshiri, Bill Kenwright and the rest of the Everton hierarchy will be considering doing right now.

But there appears to be an increasing need for something to be done in order to revive the team’s fortunes.

And the only short-term decision that can be made is to change manager, as obviously the Toffees can’t bring any new players in now. We can only wait and see if this does indeed happen.