Former Everton defender Sylvain Distin admitted his serious concerns about his old club’s future in the Premier League a crucial week ago.
The Toffees could have secured top-flight safety with a win last Sunday but gave away a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 at home to Brentford as Frank Lampard’s men tied the game nine men finished.
Everton are currently 16th – one point more than Burnley in 17th and two points more than Leeds in 18th – ahead of key clashes with Crystal Palace on Thursday and the season finale against Arsenal on Sunday.
And it’s certainly not where Distin expected his former club to be at the start of the season.
“When the season started and with the players they signed, the investment they received, the new stadium, I really felt like, here we go, Everton might go to another level,” said Distin to Hawksbee and Jacobs on talkSPORT.
“I’m not saying win the league or anything like that, just one more level and trying to keep up to possibly advance to the Champions League – and now we’re talking about avoiding relegation.”
Distin spent six years at Goodison Park between 2009 and 2015 and the Frenchman admits it’s hard for him to follow events at his former side.
“I don’t enjoy watching; It’s stressful even if there aren’t that many players I’ve just played with,” he said.
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“Nevertheless, it’s a club that’s very close to my heart and I’ve really had a fantastic time, so it’s not comfortable to see her in that position.
“And to be honest, I don’t get it either, considering the investment and everything. Something is wrong here.”
It’s been a tumultuous season in the Merseyside blue half, with supporters opposing the summer appointment of Rafa Benitez as manager following his links with rivals Liverpool.
Benitez was sacked in January after just six and a half months in office following a 2-1 defeat at Norwich and finishing 15th in the league.
Frank Lampard’s appointment in early February didn’t initially spark the desired reaction as the Toffees suffered a string of defeats.
But a rebound in form saw Everton clinch key victories over Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City to give themselves a chance to survive.
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