Gueye: Things are difficult because we know how good we can be

Saturday 25 November 2017  29 Comments  [Jump to last]

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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Charlie Lloyd
1 Posted 26/11/2017 at 00:53:49
I just wish a week would pass without a player offering quotes on the shite predicament and how much they are better and what they are going to do.

Just do the talking on the pitch.

Don Alexander
2 Posted 26/11/2017 at 01:07:22
"Last season was a great season"? Great?? Not from the stands it wasn't.
Minik Hansen
3 Posted 26/11/2017 at 02:32:04
I expect nothing but frustration in majority of the comments. Gana is right, get it right and we have a win. Effort from all of us is expected in times like these. Resignation is not an effort, get a grip fans. Help helping the team. They need it so mich and the fan next to you. COYB.
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 26/11/2017 at 06:15:25
"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."

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.

Rob Hooton
6 Posted 26/11/2017 at 07:45:31
Unfortunately there is a real lack of quality on the pitch and in my opinion Idrissa exemplifies this – yes he works his socks off; but he can't pass, shoot and has terrible awareness hence why the defence are leaking so many goals despite 2 'defensive' midfielders playing every match (what a crock of shit!). Still, at least they are trying and building some team spirit, hopefully it might help in the long run...

Praying for 3 points today but not got a bloody clue how we'll get them without another huge slice of luck. COYB!!

Mike Hughes
7 Posted 26/11/2017 at 07:53:44
Sounds like the kind of crap that Lescott might have uttered at Villa a couple of seasons ago.

Just do your job – you're not paid to talk.

Mike Gaynes
8 Posted 26/11/2017 at 08:33:02
Yes, Mike, he is.

Press interviews are a part of every player's responsibility. For most professional athletes it's a contractual requirement.

Paul Smith
9 Posted 26/11/2017 at 08:36:39
Gueye gets about, puts in a shift, is a must on the team sheet for me, but his use of the ball is poor. Illustrates the lack of quality across the team really.
Paul Birmingham
10 Posted 26/11/2017 at 08:59:42
Let's see what happens today.

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.

Mike Hughes
11 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:00:52
Mike #8

You may be right regarding the pedantry of contractual media obligations. But it’s 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.
It’s there to appease those who are happy to be spoon-fed such crap.
(I only commented as it’s 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).

Ian Brandes
12 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:08:02
Sadly, although I like this guy, he is part of the problem, and he is having a nightmare season himself.

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!

Ian Hollingworth
13 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:19:29
Do something about it then. I am afraid Gueye has been crap this season and badly needs to improve yet he gets in the team every week.

As do too many players which probably tells a story of where we are in terms of league position and performances.

Brian Williams
14 Posted 26/11/2017 at 09:32:05
Gueye: Things are difficult because we know how good we can be

You must have a fucking good memory lad!

John Davies
15 Posted 26/11/2017 at 10:43:05
Mike Hughes #11. I don't disagree with you. What I would also say is that applies to David Unsworth every bit as much as the players. Need him to shut the bullshit about how he talks to the chairman every day and just focus on getting a win. Praying for one today. COYB.
Rob Baker
16 Posted 26/11/2017 at 10:59:57
More sugarcoated nonsense. Just do your talking on the pitch, Gana. I'm not expecting 3 points from today unfortunately. Everton are as predictable as England in the Ashes. Mentally weak.
David Hallwood
17 Posted 26/11/2017 at 11:25:40
Oh c’mon gents get a grip, what Gana is saying is right, I’ve said this many times, the Everton of the 90’s we ain’t; and I had a season ticket at the time, so anyone saying that this squad is on a par with Tiler, Ward Oster etc, that’s the fear of the ‘R’ word making you say irrational things.

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 it’s the organisation not the talent in the team that’s sapping the confidence of the team. Thursday night was an example of defending that would alarm you if you was watching your lad’s school team, and don’t forget Keane and Williams are experienced Internationals with the latter being known for his organisational skills-his legs might have gone but the brain hasn’t.

That’s why I think the current fiasco about the manager is so damaging. Get the man in and let him get his ideas in place.

Dave Williams
19 Posted 26/11/2017 at 11:50:52
Gana has to be instructed to give the ball to Sigurdsson and see if he can show us why Ron was so keen to spend a fortune on him.

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.

Peter Gorman
20 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:22:23
I think Gana may haveet slip the complete lack of team spirit. We of course have seen it's absence on the pitch but this team is absolutely incapable of fighting for each other. Exceptions being the odd kid and Niasse.
Steve Ferns
22 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:43:43
Unfortunately, you have exceeded the permitted number of comments on a single article. In order to prevent discussions threads being dominated by protracted discussions between a small number of members, we have capped submissions to five per article. Thanks for your understanding.

See you later then ToffeeWebbers. I’ll move to a different website / forum that allows members to have protracted discussions.

It’s 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.

Will Mabon
23 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:46:53
Steve - What??
Colin Glassar
24 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:49:21
For real Steve? Five per article? Where did you see this?
John G Davies
25 Posted 26/11/2017 at 12:59:34
Five posts per article?

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.

Dave Evans
26 Posted 26/11/2017 at 13:35:54
David Halliwood @17 Great post - agree.
Steve McNally
27 Posted 26/11/2017 at 15:28:51
After watching the game against Southampton, this piece is a complete load of shite. Deluded.
Rudi Coote
28 Posted 26/11/2017 at 15:34:11
Who is next to speak? Which player gets the "We must do better" part?

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.

Rob Dolby
29 Posted 26/11/2017 at 17:11:40
Think Gana has been on the magic mushrooms he is hallucinating. We are very much like Sunderland and Aston Villa and anyone who thinks otherwise is deluded. Can't score and can't defend. If we get out of this, it will be a miracle.
David Connor
30 Posted 26/11/2017 at 18:11:32
Fuck off & keep your mouth shut. Do the bizz on the pitch, for a change. Talk is cheap, unlike your wages.
Michael McCarthy
31 Posted 26/11/2017 at 23:36:37
Hope Gana reads David Connor's post.
Brian Williams
32 Posted 27/11/2017 at 15:22:21
Gueye: Things are difficult because we know how good we can be.

Noooooooo things are worse than difficult because WE SEE how shit you can be!

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