Another away day looms for Everton as time is running out

Everton (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Everton (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) /

Here we go again as Everton approach another away test tomorrow when they travel to West Ham United for a two pm Premier League game.

It’s difficult to get motivated once more for one of these games and feel in any way even slightly optimistic that this Everton side can get anything from tomorrow’s match in east London.

I wrote a while ago that I thought this Blues’ team wouldn’t survive without picking up at least a few points away from the Grand Old Lady in the remaining ten games or so.

That seems almost certainly unlikely given how pathetic this team has been for so long away from Goodison Park. I really do find it hard to believe that this team will survive.

And, I’m almost at the point I no longer care to be honest as it’s been another awful campaign and so as a fan who has stuck with this club through thick and thin for decades you get to the point where it just grinds you down.

Well anyway, let’s dust down the seemingly endlessly repeating match previews from almost every away game Everton have played this season and look at the latest one.

Apart from a few isolated examples like Brighton away, the Toffees’ form on their travels has been abysmal this campaign.

It follows an enteirely predictable and consistent pattern in which as soon as the side faces pressure or a hostile crowd, they fold like Japanese origami.

Frank Lampard’s appointment has made no difference and as he is the sixth permanent coach since Farhad Moshiri took over in 2016, it underlines how fundamentally disfunctional this squad of players is.

West Ham United used to be a team that Everton enjoyed playing even during the Premier League era and the Blues’ have a great record overall against the London club.

Recently though that’s not been the case so much and the Toffees’ are coming up against their ex-manager David Moyes who will be very keen to add to the problems for his former team.

In his pre-match press conference Lampard said that Yerry Mina was still a few weeks away from regaining match fitness.

That is a terrifying reality because it means Micheal Keane and Mason Holgate will start at centre-back. He also said Fabian Delph is still out, I don’t think many Evertonians will be losing any sleep tonight at that news!

So in summary, I really can’t see anything other than another heavy defeat for this awful Everton side and I reackon it will probably be something like 3-0. I know that’s very pessimistic but I honestly don’t see any grounds for hope anymore.