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After illuminating one player’s imperious efforts, time now to contrast the praise and adoration by reflecting on another player's shortcomings.
Louis Saha gave an abject, uninspiring performance at Goodison Park. He continued his dismal spell in front of goal, seemed predictable to track and was rarely able to trouble any Swansea defenders.
Saha has enjoyed a run of few injuries as of late, something not experienced since the primitive stages of his career. Yet with just one goal in 12 Premier League games so far this season, he has hardly cashed in and prospered on this favourable bout of fitness.
Tonight he seemed unwilling to ever break into a sprint and was chastised several times by supporters for not entering the box as a wide player was poised to cross.
Playing in a 4-5-1/4-2-3-1 formation, Everton are reliant on their front man being willing to put a shift in; yet in recent weeks, Saha’s energy levels have been short of what is required. Tonight he only touched the ball 35 times, a team low, and managed to lose possession 12 times.
With such feeble offerings up front, David Moyes would have hoped that the likes of Saha could have stood up and been counted on during this testing period, but the Frenchman has too often cut a disconsolate figure on the field. With Saha admitting there is still tension between him and the manager after his feisty reaction to being dropped earlier on in the season, he has hardly made that decision look at all harsh.
With the January transfer window looming, if Everton do recruit the striker they so desperately crave, Saha’s current performances could well leave him on the fringes of the team sheet, not just the actual games.