While the lack of pressure on the Toffees could be a double-edged sword, the Nigerian may be a beneficiary of lessened expectations in the final weeks
Months after a chastening return to Chelsea in early March, Carlo Ancelotti will have had time to reflect on arguably the worst Everton performance since he took charge in December.
Upon his return to Stamford Bridge, former player Frank Lampard easily dispatched his old boss 4-0 in one of the Blues’ best showings under their club legend.
In a sense, the break came at a perfect time for the three-time Champions League-winning manager, as the wheels had just begun to come off after an impressive start at Goodison Park.
Having recorded five wins from his first eight Premier League games, Ancelotti saw his side fail to win in three games on the spin, a run that culminated in that thrashing at his old stomping ground.