Everton player ratings vs West Ham United: Keane horrendous, Calvert-Lewin impactless

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Survival is looking bleak after another poor performance for Everton

After an international break where Everton got a bit of a breather and some introspection time, the business has gotten extremely serious for Frank Lampard and his troops. As we enter the culminating stages of the 2021-22 Premier League season, the Toffees are fighting for their survival in the Top Flight.

Sitting in 17th place with 25 points, Everton are in a position that is too close for comfort. The Toffees have flirted with the relegation places for far too long and if this continues any longer, the Merseysiders can fall in the drop zone.

Poor performances and lack of intensity have been key reasons for Everton’s downfall, coupled with poor tactics and objectionable team selection, this slowly turning into the perfect recipe for disaster.

Lampard arrived at the helm in January and there was some newfound hope among the Goodison faithful. However, the rescue mission hasn’t gone according to plan. The away day blues have downed Everton all season, having the worst away record in the Premier League with just one win in 13 games.

The Toffees gear up for yet another away trip as Lampard’s men travel to London to face West Ham United. The plucky upstarts who were on a mission to challenge the status quo have recently fizzled out, slipping to eight position and in turn being out of the UEFA Europa League and Conference League spots.

Lampard named a strong side as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison started upfront. The former Chelsea boss made five changes from the emphatic win against Newcastle before the international break.

The away day blues struck again as Everton lost 2-1 to West Ham United, their 16th defeat in the last 21 games. The Toffees started on a bright note but individual errors let them down, eventually resulting in another frustrating loss. Everton remain in a seriously precarious position and now the next tie at Burnley could be the difference between survival and relegation come at the end of the season.

Here are the Everton player ratings:

Jordan Pickford – 6

Jordan Pickford made a fantastic save from a Pablo Fornals’ effort as Everton were torn open on the counter. It was orthodox keeping, it was dangerous keeping but saved the Toffees from going behind.

Pickford could’ve done very little to save Aaron Cresswell’s free kick. Perhaps, for the most critical eye, his positioning could’ve been better but it was individual brilliance from Cresswell that was no match. Did well to stop Antonio in a one on one situation but had no chance to save the Bowen effort after deflection.