Everton were absolutely shocking during their 3-0 loss at Wolves today. Carlo Ancelotti's side were way off the pace, being thoroughly outclassed by the opposition in every facet of the game.
While many would see this as a result of Everton having little to play for over the remainder of the season, performances such as this one have been a consistent theme at the club for a number of years now.
It is certainly something they need to eradicate if they are to compete with teams higher up the league. The worrying thing is that this largely seems to be down to attitude.
There are some big egos in the Everton squad, very few of whom have earned the right to think so highly of themselves. That has manifested itself on the pitch were their effort levels can often be questioned.
Speaking to Sky Sports after today's game, captain Seamus Coleman said that the entire dressing room needed to take a long, hard look at themselves.
"Shocking... maybe we're not where we think we are" 😠
A very honest Seamus Coleman says Everton did not have the correct desire or attitude against Wolves and deserved to lose 🗯️
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) July 12, 2020
Shocking, really really bad. There's no hiding places. They were better all over the pitch and we need to ask some serious questions of ourselves.
We can all play bad, we can all misplace passes, we can all misplace crosses. But when the attitude isn't there, the desire isn't there.
We weren't there today. We were beaten by the better team and need to have a long, hard look at ourselves. Maybe we're not where we think we are, we're 12th in the table for a reason.
As individuals in the dressing room, as a club, we need to be expecting better. Lads really need to dig in, myself included, and get our heads down.
That won't be good enough for this manager. It certainly won't be good enough for this football club, the way I've been brought through this football club. It's not been good enough...
Sometimes they're the things you have to say. Quality wise, we've got some very good players. But desire and commitment wasn't there today.
You can lose a game of football, but around the place we need to have more commitment on a daily basis and really come together.
Coleman is certainly a player who holds himself to the highest standard, but the same cannot be said for many of his teammates.
If Everton are to compete for European places, they will likely have to have a major clear out of that dressing room.