REPORT | NORWICH CITY 2-1 EVERTON
Everton lost 2-1 away to Norwich City in another disappointing performance for Rafa Benitez’s side.
Everton’s struggling season continues as the Toffees experience another loss on the road.
Everton spent the first 15 minutes of the game defending for their lives against an onslaught of Norwich attacks. A recurring feature for the Toffees this season.
It only took 16 minutes for Norwich to go ahead, with Stockport born defender Michael Keane giving away an embarrassing own goal to put the Canaries on top (16).
Norwich’s lead was doubled through a Canaries counter-attack, comfortably finished by Irish International, Adam Idah (18) only 2 minutes later.
The only saving grace came in the 2nd half via a superb finish by the returning Richarlison (60), who managed to score a sumptuous overhead kick to get Everton back into the game.
However, 2nd half efforts by the Toffees were not enough to nick a late equaliser at Norwich.
Another shambolic display by the Toffees and a 2-1 kick in the teeth by relegation battlers Norwich City.
Benitez’s Time Up?
Tensions seem to be almost at breaking point for many fans regarding Benitez’s position. With Norwich City only achieving three victories all season, it only emphasises how far Everton have fallen under the Rafa regime. Boos could be heard around Carrow Road, with Everton fans showing overwhelming unhappiness with the club’s current state.
Benitez has yet to sort out the ridiculous defensive issues that persist at the club. Clumsy tackles and defensive mishaps continue to plague the Toffees. Everton is currently top the table for the most defensive errors leading to goals, and with one win in 13 matches, the Toffees fortunes don’t look to be changing any time soon. Worryingly poor performances from Michael Keane has many wondering if the club may be looking to sign a new centre back in the transfer window.
With Rafa’s position looking more and more untenable, for many, It seems only to be a matter of when regarding Benitez’s sacking. With a consistent run of dreadful performances and a disgruntled fanbase, it seems unlikely that the spaniard has much time left at Everton Football Club.
The club has confirmed that talks will be held over the weekend regarding Benitez’s future.
Richarlison back in Action
It was a much-anticipated return for the Brazilian forward Richarlison, whose quality shone brightest after replacing Salamon Rondon in the 2nd half.
The Brazilian’s return felt like the missing piece after enduring regular underwhelming performances by Rafa’s favourite forward, Rondon.
Everton fans will be praying that the Everton striker can keep himself fit for the rest of the season.
Benitez has yet to successfully rectify any of the growing problems within the side, and now it may just be too late for the Spaniard to change his fortunes.