Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that Manchester United loanee Donny van de Beek is part of the problem at Everton.
The Toffees went 5-0 down to Tottenham on Monday night with the team now just one point above the relegation zone and according to Carragher, the Dutchman lacked the athleticism and physicality needed in the Premier League.
“Whenever you see teams who are worst in the league away from home, the first thing that comes to mind is they’re weak, they’re soft. That can never be Everton, it can’t.
“If Everton is not going to be good enough, it can be quality, and they’re not, they’re miles away, as I said that back four is Championship level but for Everton not to be physical, aggressive, making it tough.
🗣 “The lack of athleticism in that Everton team is frightening, Allan can’t run, van de Beek can’t run, none of the back four can run.”@Carra23 on the lack of aggression and physicality in the current Everton squad pic.twitter.com/e9OobNipEu
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“That’s just what Everton have always been, even when they’ve not been at the best. Fundamentally this group of players at this club is so weak now. The lack of athleticism in that Everton team is frightening.
“When you look at midfield, Allan can’t run, Donny van de Beek’s come in, he can’t run. None of the back four can run. They’re weak physically and that’s a massive problem going forward for them,” Carragher told Sky Sports after the game.
In the loss, Van de Beek was hauled off by manager Frank Lampard before the hour mark in what will be a blow for a player who rarely got the needed game time at Man United.