Leighton Baines explains why he believes Everton’s squad has the talent, spirit and hunger for a quick turnaround in form in Sunday’s official matchday programme for the visit of Watford.
In an honest, in-depth interview, the 32-year-old said: “The vast majority of the players will, at different times in their careers, have been exposed to tough patches and adversity.
“You can draw on those things and know that, more often than not, you will have turned it round. And you will have experienced good times after those periods when you struggled.
“While you are aware of that, the only way out is to believe and to work hard. Not just expect it to happen.
“For the new players, individuals will take different lengths of time to adapt.
“It makes a difference if there are only one or two coming in, but we have had quite a few. And it is a lot easier if you come in to a winning team.
“As far as the lads coming in are concerned, they have probably not arrived under the greatest of circumstances.
“There are quite a few of them and we have not been a winning side of late.”
Baines, who is the cover star for the programme, also discusses his enjoyment of working under temporary boss David Unsworth.
Joining Baines in the issue is midfielder Tom Davies, who reflects on the impact Unsworth has had on his fledgling career so far and why he knows there is still plenty of hard graft ahead for him and his boyhood club.
As normal, David Unsworth and captain Phil Jagielka also give their thoughts from the dugout and the dressing room respectively.
Francis Jeffers is the subject of our ‘If I…’ feature, with the stand-in Under-23s boss revealing what other sportsman he’d like to be for a day, what one superpower he’d like, what one day he’d live again and his one biggest regret.
We also sit down with new goalkeeper coach Alan Kelly, with the former Republic of Ireland international recalling memories of watching his father, Alan Sr, train the great Neville Southall at Bellefield in the mid-1980s.
Elsewhere, Sky Sports News presenter Adam Leventhal provides the lowdown on Marco Silva’s men, while there is reaction from the latest Under-23s and Under-18s victories, and much more!
The matchday programme is priced at £3.50 and is available around the ground before the game. Alternatively, you can also purchase a digital version or a subscription here