Paul Merson issues ‘absolutely shocking’ Everton verdict


Paul Merson has noted in his column for Sportskeeda that he doubts Everton will mount an immediate response to their collapse against Watford when they visit Wolves on Monday.

The Blues twice led the Hornets at Goodison Park last Saturday, but ultimately lost 5-2 after allowing four late goals. Joshua King marked his return to Merseyside after six-months with the Toffees – for whom he did not score – by netting his first Premier League hat-trick.

Rafa Benitez’s men helped King achieve against Everton what he could never under Carlo Ancelotti in a royal blue shirt. An early mistake from Lucas Digne conceding a needless free-kick gave Watford a chance to equalise following Demarai Gray’s opener.

Mistakes proved to be the theme of Everton’s performance against Watford, with King left unmarked for his brace. Allan and Ben Godfrey then collided while attempting a clearance to hand the Norwegian a chance for his hat-trick. He made no mistake, but the Blues failed to learn from theirs. Leaving Emmanuel Dennis unmarked to collect Joao Pedro’s corner.

Merson could not believe what he was seeing as Everton crumbled to allow Watford to win and questions what response Benitez’s side will muster when they visit Wolves on Monday.

“Watford, wow! I did not see that coming,” Merson wrote. “They were brilliant against Everton, and I wouldn’t put it past them to carry on and win another game this weekend.

“With Everton, you know that they’re an attacking side and will inevitably be vulnerable on the counter. Southampton play a different kind of game and these matches could pose a few problems for Watford.”

Adding: “Everton conceded four goals in the last 15-minutes against Watford and were in complete disarray. They have a lot of work to do ahead of this game, and I don’t see them mounting an immediate recovery from what was an absolutely shocking result.”

Benitez will be desperate to prove Merson wrong and see Everton deliver a response to the Watford disaster at Wolves. The Hornets result left the Toffees without a win in their last three Premier League games. They have also only won once in their last five to sit in eighth.

Wolves, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last four games with a 1-1 draw at Leeds ending a three-match winning streak. Bruno Lage will take a lot of confidence from the Toffees’ display against Watford to believe his side can win.

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