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Pundit: Everton winger Jack Harrison not effective enough

Everton winger Jack Harrison has featured heavily under Sean Dyche but Michael Ball feels he should be doing more. 

The 27-year-old winger moved to Goodison Park in the summer transfer window on loan from Leeds and has been enjoying his football.

Harrison has scored three goals and provided three assists in the Premier League this season, and Ball has hailed him as a “fantastic” player.

However, the former Everton player turned pundit feels that while Harrison remains too busy and his work ethic is brilliant, he is “wasting too much energy”, and not “effective enough”.

“I’d like to see the stats on Harrison’s turnovers because I’m sure they’ll be very low. His work ethic is fantastic and he looks busy but he’s not effective enough and he’s wasting too much energy by being too deep and too passive,” wrote Ball for the Liverpool Echo.

Fair criticism

Ball writes in his column that he is not digging Harrison out, but this seems to be a fair criticism. It has been a problem with Harrison when he was at Leeds. He doesn’t always press with intent and win the ball, although he brings different qualities.

He often takes more touches than he needs to and needs to do better with the ball in his feet. Again, his work ethic is tremendous but he is not a street-smart player.

Everton picked up a crucial point against Spurs but Dyche should be worried that the Toffees are struggling to win games. They have now gone six games without a win in the Premier League, and the pressure is piling on them.

Against Spurs, they managed to pull off a draw towards the end, but it was far from convincing. Everton travel to Etihad Stadium next week to face Manchester City and if they can get a draw, it would be considered as a massive result.

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