Just another symptom of Everton. All the drawbacks of being a big club without any of the advantages. Big enough to attract the players that the also-rans can't afford but we have to pay high transfer fees and wages for players that still aren't going to impact on the top six. Big enough to be taken seriously by the top clubs in cup competitions so we are more or less out once the draw has been made.
Big enough to garner expectations from the fan base, but that same expectation weighs too heavily on players that are not good enough to deliver, and leads to frustration in the crowd that makes Goodison a harder place for the players to flourish.