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.