Adrian Durham blasted Everton manager Marco Silva for fielding a perceived weaker side when facing Manchester City on Wednesday.
The talkSPORT host claimed that he knew there was lot of talk about Toffees supporters wanting to lose to Man City in order to stop Liverpool winning the Premier League, but was baffled why Silva didn’t start Richarlison or Gylfi Sigurdsson for the clash.
Durham stated he believed Silva’s decision to drop the expensive duo was clearly him fielding a weaken side and the Toffees should be docked points as a result.
“We (himself and Darren Gough) were really shocked by the Everton team news we spent sometime talking about it and as the game unfolded Man City were comfortable 1-0 up then an injury-time game doesn’t sound comfortable but it was comfortable a victory as you’ll get in the Premier League,” said Durham on talkSPORT (Thursday February 7th, 16:11).
“Everton rarely threaten if at all, I just wondered what on earth was going through Marco Silva’s head and there was all this talk before the game that Everton want to lose to stop Liverpool winning the league or whatever it may be, but why on earth has Marco Silva left out two very expensive players in Sigurdsson and Richarlison especially, actually both of them, why when Manchester City the champions are coming to town at your place why are you leaving out two of your most expensive players?
“What on earth was going through his mind, it strikes me that he has fielded a weaken side and for that there should be a punishment which is they get docked points.”
Everton’s performance against Man City, despite the 2-0 defeat, was arguably one of the best in recent weeks. The Toffees may not have been an attacking threat that had Pep Guardiola sweating, but other elements of their game did look better than had in previous weeks. You have to think that Durham has regularly watched Everton this season as it’s not baffling that Richarlison or Sigurdsson were dropped. The Brazilian’s form has dramatically dropped off after impressing in the opening months of the new season while his 29-year-old teammate has struggled all season long. If anything Sigurdsson being axed has been on the cards for a long time and it’s more a surprise that it took Silva this long to drop him. While Durham is likely making this comments to provoke a reaction from Toffees supporters, it’s hard to work out which of his comments are the most illogical. While some Toffees fans may have been okay with losing to Man City in order to hurt Liverpool, there’s no way Silva fielded a weaken side in order for those supporters to get that wish. Also it is rather stupid that dropping two under-performing players, just because they cost a lot of money, warrants points being deducted.