Jamie Carragher believes that Everton winger Bernard is not powerful enough and expects summer signing Alex Iwobi to replace him in the starting XI.
The Toffees slipped to a 2-0 away defeat to Aston Villa on Friday night and it was their first loss of the Premier League season.
Marco Silva’s team lacked the cutting edge in the final third despite having plenty of possession and were caught out by newly-promoted Villa.
Bernard played 62 minutes for the Merseyside club before being replace and he’s started all three league games so far.
The 26-year-old netted in the victory over Watford, but was unable to find a way through the Villa backline and it was a frustrating night.
Pundit Carragher believes Bernard will be axed from the team moving forward, with Iwobi the ideal candidate to fill his shoes.
“In Bernard when I watch him play he’s not powerful enough or quick enough. He’s neat and tidy at different times, you think Iwobi will come in there [to replace him]” Carragher said on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:25pm, 24 August).
“Hopefully for them Iwobi comes in on that side and adds more goals than Bernard does.”
Bernard is a small figure who is clearly never going to base his game around raw strength, but he can still impact matches in other ways and has brilliant technical ability.
The Brazilian possesses the quality to dribble with both feet and he is the only Everton player to score in the opening three league matches.
But it’s true that his end product needs to improve, as he only has three goals in 39 appearances since he moved to Goodison Park and he needs to chip in more.
Iwobi certainly added something extra going forward when he was introduced to the field and it’s going to be an intriguing battle between the pair for the spot on the left flank.
He struck the post with a left-footed effort and is going to be desperate for regular minutes after leaving Arsenal.