Idrissa Gueye says that he is confident Everton are a better team than the Aston Villa side that went down two seasons ago and that the Blues just need to get a couple of wins on the board.
The Senegal international admits that morale is fragile in the squad but insists the players will keep working on the training ground to improve.
“I don't think they are the same situations,” Gueye said, echoing what Jordan Pickford argued about his experience with Sunderland last season. “At Aston Villa in a whole season we won just three games. It was a hard season but I am here at a big team like Everton and we have good players, and I think if we just start to win games we can start our season again.
“It's hard to get confidence. At this moment we have the players to get to the top of the league because we have spent a lot of money to fight for fourth or fifth place, so that's why I believe we have the players to fight and to start winning games.
“It is very difficult for everybody. It's difficult for the fans and it's difficult for the players because we know how good we can be.
"Maybe we're doing something wrong and it's the job of the manager to find the problem. We are here to be focussed on the pitch and try to do our best.
"It's not just about hard work, we can work hard just on the pitch but outside of the pitch we need to talk. To keep the spirit and stay like a team.
“Last season was a great season and this season it is tough for us. But we will keep working hard on the training ground. That's the problem. We work hard but we aren't getting the results, so if we started winning games it would help us get confidence and move up.”
Gueye sat out of Thursday's Europa League match against Atalanta that ended in an embarrassing collapse by Everton but he is expected to return to the team sheet for the visit to St Mary's Stadium tomorrow when David Unsworth's side take on Southampton.
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1 Posted 26/11/2017 at 00:53:49
Just do the talking on the pitch.
2 Posted 26/11/2017 at 01:07:22
3 Posted 26/11/2017 at 02:32:04
5 Posted 26/11/2017 at 06:15:25
Well said. I've not seen any lack of effort and IGG tirelessly exemplifies that work ethic but spirit and confidence are key, and a manager who can find the right plan is desperately needed.
I have zero confidence in any performance improvement today... just hope we can scramble a result with sheer effort as we did against Watford and Palace.
6 Posted 26/11/2017 at 07:45:31
Praying for 3 points today but not got a bloody clue how we'll get them without another huge slice of luck. COYB!!
7 Posted 26/11/2017 at 07:53:44
Just do your job you're not paid to talk.
8 Posted 26/11/2017 at 08:33:02
Press interviews are a part of every player's responsibility. For most professional athletes it's a contractual requirement.
9 Posted 26/11/2017 at 08:36:39
10 Posted 26/11/2017 at 08:59:42
After the lowest uncaring collapse I've seen in an EFC team v Atalanta, and there's been many capitulation more over the last 15 years, surely the players remember before they get on the park today, whom they are playing for?
It may be the last chance salon today for some players in this squad. Hopefully we don't lose and get some self respect back.
11 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:00:52
You may be right regarding the pedantry of contractual media obligations. But its a minuscule aspect compared to his primary role.
What he (or any player / manager) SAYS counts for nothing. What next? Are fans going to be cheering and waving scarves at the end of a sound bite?
Any no-mark can talk, whine and come out with any amount of insipid crap. (See previous two managers for reference - or Joey Barton as a doyen of the art form).
Talk is cheap.
Its there to appease those who are happy to be spoon-fed such crap.
(I only commented as its a headline on TW which is usually a bit more selective and valid regarding content. This kind of piece would be more at home in The Echo).
12 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:08:02
Call me old-fashioned, but I want a midfielder who can read a game, can deliver a killer ball to a striker, and, more crucially, can supply much needed goals from midfield. Currently he has none of these qualities.
He, like the rest of them, needs to up his game, and do his talking via his play, on the pitch.
Today is the day he needs to prove me wrong!
13 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:19:29
As do too many players which probably tells a story of where we are in terms of league position and performances.
14 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:32:05
You must have a fucking good memory lad!
15 Posted 26/11/2017 at 10:43:05
16 Posted 26/11/2017 at 10:59:57
17 Posted 26/11/2017 at 11:25:40
I was watching Brighton v Mancs last night and it was a perfect example of a well organised team putting in a shift. It reminded me of a Moyes performance in his first few seasons.
Go through the Brighton team and how many do you fancy, if we signed tomorrow would make a significant difference to the team?
What they are is a well drilled, motivated team with everyone knowing their jobs; very Burnleyesque.
But to me its the organisation not the talent in the team thats sapping the confidence of the team. Thursday night was an example of defending that would alarm you if you was watching your lads school team, and dont forget Keane and Williams are experienced Internationals with the latter being known for his organisational skills-his legs might have gone but the brain hasnt.
Thats why I think the current fiasco about the manager is so damaging. Get the man in and let him get his ideas in place.
19 Posted 26/11/2017 at 11:50:52
Kendall used to tell his players to win the ball and pass to Sheedy. Keep it simple and don't do stuff that doesn't come naturally hence the basic need to play people in their normal position.
20 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:22:23
22 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:43:43
See you later then ToffeeWebbers. Ill move to a different website / forum that allows members to have protracted discussions.
Its been enjoyable to discus matters with all of you, and ready a variety of views and have them open my eyes to certain things, particularly the early days of KEIOC.
Good luck and good bye to you all.
23 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:46:53
24 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:49:21
25 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:59:34
I can see why eds would do it on some posts, especially with some who have a determination to have the last word.
Saying that, I don't think Steve posts anything out of order from what I have read. He enjoys his tactical analysis and will debate fairly with anyone who disagrees.
Don't think this one will work, tbh.
26 Posted 26/11/2017 at 13:35:54
27 Posted 26/11/2017 at 15:28:51
28 Posted 26/11/2017 at 15:34:11
Relegation guaranteed! Not negative – just realistic. No blue-tinted specs anymore. They are abysmal.
The RS are rubbing their hands awaiting the derby. 6-0 at least.
29 Posted 26/11/2017 at 17:11:40
30 Posted 26/11/2017 at 18:11:32
31 Posted 26/11/2017 at 23:36:37
32 Posted 27/11/2017 at 15:22:21
Noooooooo things are worse than difficult because WE SEE how shit you can be!
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