Jamie Carragher said he felt sorry for Seamus Coleman as the Ireland international walked off the pitch with Everton 3-0 down to Spurs at half-time on Monday night. Everton are just a point above the Premier League relegation zone with 15 defeats already this season.
Carragher suggested that Coleman still being an Everton regular is a sign of poor player recruitment.
"When we talk about a team being too good to go down, well that's because we look at Everton's strikers - Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin - this back four is a Championship back four," Carragher told Sky Sports.
"There's absolutely no doubt about this whatsoever. Seamus Coleman, I actually feel sorry for him, he's been a great full-back for Everton, but right now this is happening far too much, where people are just running in behind him.
"And that goes back to Everton's recruitment, that Seamus Coleman's still playing right now."
Spurs added two more goals in the second half.
"The lack of athleticism in that Everton team is frightening," Carragher said after the game.
"When you look at the midfield, Allan can't run. (Donny) Van de Beek can't run. None of the back four can run. Harry Kane was running past Michael Keane for one of the goals. You've seen Seamus Coleman two or three times, and I feel for him right now, people running off him.
"They are weak physically, and that's a massive problem going forward for them."
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Coleman told NBC Sports that the manner of the defeat was "tough to take".
"It’s a very disappointed dressing room as you can imagine," said the Everton captain.
"We’ve had bad away form but that felt like something different.
"Frank Lampard since he’s come in has been brilliant but we’re a group of players who’ve been here all season so ultimately it’s down to us.
"It’s not been good enough and of course we believe in what we’re doing on a daily basis but that was really humbling. You’ve got to believe."
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