Leon Osman ridicules Everton squad, makes example of player who ‘exposed’ defence


Leon Osman has emptied both barrels on the Everton squad following their hugely disappointing 3-2 defeat to Burnley on Thursday [April 6]. 

The Toffees find themselves with a rather uncomfortable one-point cushion on the relegation zone after they threw away a 2-1 lead at Turf Moor.

The former Blues ace expressed major concerns for Frank Lampard and his players, insisting there are no leaders within the group.

“The money Everton have put in, you expect the club to make forward steps,” Osman told talkSPORT.

“Not finding the club languishing at the bottom of the Premier League, struggling for points, struggling for form, struggling for any kind of performance really, so it’s a very worrying time for the club.

“I think that’s been a criticism of this team all season, you’re looking around and you’re wondering who are the characters? Who are the leaders?

“You saw the way Alex Iwobi give the ball away [in the defeat to West Ham] just as they got themselves back into the game, and Everton, defensively, are so exposed.

“You’re already falling behind in games, then you’re wondering who’s got the character to get on the ball and try and make things happen.

“And for the majority of this season that’s fell on the shoulders of young Anthony Gordon, which is incredible to say for a guy who’s just broken into the team, really young in age, really young in career [and he’s] carried the fight of such a huge club of such history of characters.”