Everton defender Phil Jagielka had only made two appearances all season before facing Cardiff City on Tuesday, so it should be no surprise that he struggled. Several Toffees fans harshly took digs at his weight while another pointed out that 36-year-old looked knackered during the match, which is never a good sign. It’s no surprise that after a lack of first-team football lately Jagielka did look like he found the going tough during the 3-0 win over Cardiff. However at times his experience came in handy as he regularly got himself in the right positions to stop Cardiff having a clear shot at goal. With Marco Silva not having a lot of centre-backs available for this clash, maybe Toffees fans should cut the manager and Jagielka some slack when it came to his performance. While it’s true that at times Jagielka looked liable to make a mistake, he worryingly actually did look the best defender on the pitch in other moments as well. If the veteran gets some games under his belt in the comings weeks, then perhaps the Everton fans below will regret questioning him as he is more than capable than been a worthwhile member of the team.
This is Futbol has rounded up some of the best tweets below:
Schneiderlin putting Gueye under pressure. Ball nicked off him and Jagielka slow and sluggish, very poor
— FollowEverton (@followeverton) February 26, 2019
Jags and Snakerlin looking ready for this ???? #efc
— Arnthor Asgrimsson (@addiiceland) February 26, 2019
#efc I was glad that Jags was playing as we need somebody to marshall the defense and see attacks forming.
However What the Hell Jags.
Let's hope it was out of his system.
— Charlie COYB (@ccartmelEFC) February 26, 2019
Jags and Schniderlin both proving they are finished at this level.#EFC
— NeilBM (@nismoneil) February 26, 2019
I personally see some issues around it, but at least our handsomely paid manager doesn’t. He’s the one who matters like
— Tom Shannon (@Tommos_16) February 26, 2019
— Leah (@Leah_Again) February 26, 2019
Weir and Stubbs were faster than Keane and Jagielka. Mad how we haven’t got a centre back with any pace at the club.
— ImFreeMan (@Fr33m0) February 26, 2019
No way Jagielka or Keane we’re getting back though. Needs to be careful as hugely important to us on Sunday, even consider subbing him soon but little left back cover on the bench. Unless move to a 3 and put Bernard on as a wing back? Jagielka looks knackered.
— Steven (@anxiouspancreas) February 26, 2019
Jagielka looks like he's been enjoying them big Macs with bacon anyway.
— Andy Adlen (@AdlenEFC) February 26, 2019