Everton took an absolute battering from Tottenham Hotspur on Monday night in Frank Lampard’s heaviest defeat of his managerial career so far, with the Toffees conceding five goals and failing to come back into the game at any point.
The scoring opened early with another Michael Keane own goal, his second in seven league games, with Son Heung-min doubling the lead just three minutes later, followed by a Harry Kane goal to make it 3-0 in the first half, but the scoring didn’t stop there.
Just 40 seconds after he was brought onto the pitch, Sergio Reguilon found the back of net in the opening minute of the second half, with Kane earning his brace with the fifth and final goal from a left-footed volley in the 55th minute.
During this goal-fest from Antonio Conte’s side, Everton completely fell apart. With a complete lack of quality all over the pitch from start to finish, it was uncertain how Lampard could even begin to revive the Toffees’ fortunes after the first half of football, and the entire backline let down their manager in a completely disjointed defensive performance.
As captain of the club and a long-term Everton player, you would expect that Seamus Coleman would have shown more authority to lead not only his line but the team in a soul-destroying performance which clearly left the players and the manager deflated before the game had even ended.
Aside from a complete lack of authority and presence to lift the spirits of his team-mates, the 33-year-old right back’s individual performance was atrocious too.
According to SofaScore, Coleman lost possession of the ball 16 times, made no tackles or interceptions, was unsuccessful in every single one of his four attempts to cross the ball, lost the majority of his aerial and ground duels and was dribbled past on one occasion.
The £68k-p/w defender isn’t getting any younger, and despite committing almost his entire career to the club, it may be time to move on and move forward, especially when you look at how vulnerable Everton have become over this season. If they do manage to stay in the Premier League, Lampard will need to add a fresh impetus to his defensive line, because what he is working with right now isn’t doing the business.