Everton’s rather drab season continued at the weekend. They were defeated by Burnley at Turf Moor. The home side were fully deserving of the win, after outplaying Everton for much of the game.
Once again, Everton fans found themselves completely mystified by the performance of ‘captain’ Ashley Williams.
When signed from Swansea City in August 2016. Costing around £12 million, according to the BBC, it looked a good deal. The experienced defender had just excelled at the European Championships with Wales after years of top performances with the Swans.
However, he has never truly won over the Everton fans. Last season his performances were inconsistent. On the whole, for this campaign, they have been pretty poor.
Against Burnley was no different. Whilst Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane received much of the blame for the winning Chris Wood goal, Williams was remarkably at fault. He stood still and played the blame game whilst allowing the Kiwi striker to simply wander past him and head home.
Then, with Everton chasing the game, the 33-year-old stupidly swung his arm at Ashley Barnes and rightly received a straight red card.
It is not the first time Williams’ mentality has been an issue this season. He started the melee v Lyon in October as Everton chased some Europa League redemption.
If he was in his early-20s, both instances might be forgiven. Williams, however, is supposed to be a leader. At 33 he should be leading by example, not throwing toys out of his pram.
Everton fans, would happily not see him play again this season. It is a harsh reality for a player who is obviously talented but has simply not won over the fanbase.
Ramiro Funes Mori is back fit and has featured for the under-23s. The Argentine himself has some disciplinary issues but given the woeful defending perpetuated by the immaturity of Williams this campaign a fresh face would be more than welcome.
Evertonians are in no doubt that Funes Mori, as well as the returning Phil Jagielka and the unfairly sidelined Mason Holgate, should be ahead of the increasingly unstable influence of Williams in the pecking order.
Hopefully, somebody grabs their opportunity when the Welshman is suspended.