Jamie Redknapp admits he was left “startled” by Ronald Koeman after Everton lost 3-0 to Tottenham.
The Toffees slipped to a second consecutive defeat as Harry Kane opened his Premier League account for the season at Goodison Park.
Spurs were by far the better team on Merseyside, with Everton’s promising start to the campaign now a distant memory.
The Toffees started the season with a win over Stoke and a fine draw with Manchester City, as well as progress to the Europa League group stages, but they now sit 16th in the Premier League table.
Koeman insisted his side were “too nice” and “too weak” in the Tottenham defeat, which left Redknapp confused.
‘The problems run deeper than the forwards. I was startled to hear Koeman say his team were ‘too nice’ in the 3-0 defeat by Tottenham,’ Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.
‘How are Everton losing midfield battles with warhorses like Idrissa Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin in their team?
‘On paper, Everton’s transfer business suggests they can break into the top six. In practice, they have left themselves short.’