Everton were brushed aside by a resurgent Leicester side who beat the Blues 2-0 at Goodison tonight.
The Blues started the game on the back foot as the visitors found space time and time again in the opening five minutes as Everton had to sort out their midfield shape.
On the 6th minute mark, Iwobi had a great chance to open the scoring after Gueye put in an excellent challenge to win possession where Calvert-Lewin held the ball up well and released the Nigerian midfielder who could only drag his effort wide.
Leicester had the next effort on goal after some good interplay between Daka and Maddison with the latter taking his shot early but could only find the wrong side of the post.
The Toffees then seemed to drop a level in terms of quality as passes were rushed and inaccurate whereas the opposition looking far more comfortable in comparison.
Gueye was being used as the primary orchestrator when it came to ball progression, but the midfielder seemed to be struggling in this unfamiliar role due to his lack of passing ability.
It was not the usual solid style we have been used to seeing as even the likes of Tarkowski seemed to be rushing and panicking on the ball which often lead to Leicester breaks and chances.
It would be the Foxes who took the lead after Youri Tielemans picked up a loose ball and struck an emphatic half volley into the the top left corner where Pickford couldn’t have done anything.
After the break, Everton came out with more impetus and should have scored after Calvert-Lewin was presented with an inviting opportunity but he could only fire straight at the keeper.
Multiple substitutions were made by the Blues in attempts to change the game as Doucoure, Gordon, Garner, Maupay and Patterson all came on for Onana, Gueye, Calvert-Lewin, Coleman and McNeil.
Despite all the attempts to get back into the game and constant pressure from the home side, it was Leicester who finished the game off.
Maddison done brilliantly to charge down the left flank and and pick out Harvey Barnes in the area who turned and rifled a powerful effort beyond Pickford to double the Foxes’ lead.
That makes it one win in six games for Everton who, despite achieving a level of defensive solidity, look rather helpless in an attacking sense with the side sitting at a measly 18th for goals scored in the league.
The world cup break grows increasingly more important for the Toffees as they need to escape this poor form as well as ponder attacking reinforcements in January.