first_imgAndy Gray believes Everton have become ‘too soft’ under Roberto Martinez and has warned the Spaniard he must rethink his strategy to turn things around at Goodison Park.The pass-based attacking style favoured by Martinez has failed to yield results in the Premier League this season, with the Merseyside club sitting 12th in the table after Sunday’s defeat to Newcastle.And Gray feels the Toffees, who have shipped 31 goals in just 19 games, require more of the defensive steel that was a hallmark of David Moyes’ reign.“I’m a little concerned, if I’m honest,” the club’s former striker told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Roberto is maybe trying to soften Everton a little too much. The stats don’t lie, and Everton’s defending is nowhere near as good as it used to be.“The one thing I remember under David Moyes was Everton were one of the toughest teams to play against in the Premier League. They were extremely tough to break down, they were extremely well organised, and they just seem less so to me now.“A little bit too much football for me, a little bit too soft for me, and I think that has been reflected in results.“I am concerned. Roberto needs to rethink his strategy because without a doubt there are problems.”last_img

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