17 July 2024

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Youssef Chermiti was clearly showing his “frustration” with the quality of service provided by his Everton team-mates in the defeat to Wolves, says Michael Ball.

Teenage forward Chermiti, 19, came off the bench for his Toffees debut in the loss to Wolves at Goodison Park, having joined from Sporting CP on August 11 (official website).

Former Everton full-back Ball, writing in the Liverpool Echo, lamented the poor quality of Everton’s final delivery, something he said was clearly shared by Chermiti judging by his “body language”.

“When we were searching for a goal our final ball was not good enough and their goalkeeper was coming out and claiming everything. We had no cuteness, no one was trying to block Jose Sa on our wide free-kicks or corners,” he wrote.

“Our basic play is letting us down – from those crosses to the five and 10-yard passes. I spotted Youssef Chermiti’s body language straight away after he came on for his debut.

“We had a couple of chances out wide and he was putting his hand in the air in frustration when the crosses were not good enough. Welcome to our world. Even he was demanding better quality and showing his disappointment. It happened time and time again and the deliveries never changed.”

Quick improvement needed

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For the second time in as many home games, Everton huffed and puffed, but failed to blow the house down, and now it is three straight Premier League defeats to start the season without a goal being scored.

The imminent arrival of Beto from Udinese, with Fabrizio Romano reporting on Monday (28 August) that his medical has been completed ahead of a £25.7m move, should hopefully help with a poor goals return.

But it is the quality of chances being created that will be of just as big a concern to manager Sean Dyche, who remains in need of reinforcements, probably even with the arrival of Beto.

Chermiti cut a frustrated figure at times, and the 19-year-old should not be having to bear a big responsibility for Everton’s woes in front of goal. Hopefully he and Beto will get better support because it is no secret here that improvement is needed and fast.

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