Everton were beaten 1-0 by Leicester City on New Year’s Day in what was a highly disappointing result for the club.
It’s now four defeats in the last five games for Marco Silva’s side, who were deemed ‘nervous and anxious’ by their manager after the game (BBC Sport).
The Toffees have slipped to 10th in the Premier League table and have been inconsistent this term.
Mercifully, Everton are presented with a ‘favourable’ run of fixtures, with Bournemouth at home, Southampton away and Huddersfield Town away as the next three games.
It’s a great chance for the players to recapture some form.
Perhaps Seamus Coleman will return to the side after losing his place to Jonjoe Kenny against the Foxes.
The Irishman has been out of sorts this term and he appears not to be the same player following his horror leg break on international duty in 2017.
Pereira was everything Coleman used to be
As Coleman warmed the bench and Kenny deputised, it became obvious that Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira was performing to the kind of level Coleman used to hit week in week out.
The summer signing from FC Porto has really caught the eye following his £22.5 million move (The Sun).
He was excellent once again against the Toffees, this time in a more advanced role.
His desire to attack is very reminiscent of Coleman in his younger years.
The Portuguese ace is quick, a handy dribbler and also has great crossing ability.
He showcased every kind of ability that Coleman used to only a couple of seasons ago, when he was considered one of the best in his position in the Premier League.
Perhaps Everton ought to remember Pereira’s performance and keep a close eye on what he does between now and the rest of the season.
Coleman may well be nearing the end at Goodison, and the club will eventually need to identify a suitable replacement.