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Gary Neville has sympathised with Everton fans on Twitter over the team’s poor away form, and puts their failings down to a lack of belief.
Still a fragility with them and belief issue. It frustrates me so it must frustrate Everton fans https://t.co/2PFgygCWMO
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 17, 2019
Everton’s home form was one of the main reasons why they finished behind Wolves in eighth-place last season, and so far they have showed no signs of improving on their record of only five wins in 19 games.
The Toffees have been a different animal away from Goodison Park, where they have won two out of two, but a lacklustre display against Bournemouth on Sunday confined them to a third straight away defeat in the league.
They had spells where they were on top, and dominated possession with 60%, but as soon as the second went in players’ heads dropped, and the third followed soon after.
Such a reaction wasn’t missed by Gary Neville, who tweeted in response to a question on Tuesday morning: “Still a fragility with them and belief issue. It frustrates me so it must frustrate Everton fans.”
Neville’s assessment of a lack of belief seems accurate as under Marco Silva, Everton have never overturned a deficit to win in the Premier League, and that suggests there could be a problem with the manager’s approach.
He seems unable to instil faith in the squad and convince them of their ability when things are going against them, which is a huge concern as it means their poor away form is likely to continue.
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Equally worrying is the fact the Portuguese hasn’t addressed this issue since his arrival. The addition of the experienced Fabian Delph is one step towards that, as evidenced by his vocal dressing down of his teammates against the Cherries, but he seems to be the only leader in the squad.
That raises questions over Silva, and if he knows what is right for his team. There are signs of quality in the side which suggest they should be producing better results, but until there is confidence in the game-plan and their abilities it is unlikely things will change soon.