Everton have played in English football’s top flight every year since 1954-55 and Hammers boss David Moyes, in charge of the Toffees for 11 years between 2002 and 2013, expects his old club to maintain that record.
“I think Everton will be OK when they have the quality of players they have with a Brazil centre-forward (Richarlison) and an England centre-forward (Dominic Calvert-Lewin),” said Moyes.
“Everton have got good things going for them and should feel more positive. It’s not a good place to be and you never know how it’s going to go but Everton have quality in some areas that other clubs don’t have.”
However, former England defender Jonathan Woodgate, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, felt the Everton players needed to work harder to ensure their safety.
“When Everton lose the ball, the five that are forward don’t get back in time, they don’t bust a gut to get back and start defending,” said Woodgate.
“If you look at how easily they are being played through, there’s been no real heart, no real fight, no desire to really make the difference.
“You can’t always look at the managers. Sometimes the buck has to stop with the players.”