David Unsworth has promised his Everton squad “are giving everything” to turn their season around – and believes victory over Watford on Sunday can breathe fresh life into their campaign.
The Toffees go into the Premier League clash with the Hornets at Goodison without a win in eight matches. As an Academy graduate who went on to make more than 300 first-team appearances for his beloved Blues, Unsworth knows his “players have to step up” to meet the “demands of this football club”.
But the former defender insists the run of results is not down to a lack of effort, and he is confident getting the better of Marco Silva’s men this weekend can pave the way for putting the Club’s season back on track.
“The players have been great,” said Unsworth when asked about his players’ attitude. “I see it in their eyes, I know they are giving me everything. More importantly, the message I can give to every Everton fan is they are giving us everything and we just want that tide to turn on Sunday by winning the game.
“I think the sooner we win a game of football in the league, I think the sooner we can just all relax and gain a bit of confidence from that.
“Everybody has been great. There have been no issues there. Obviously all players want to play, I was no different. But there has been nothing untoward that I have seen. Everyone is giving everything.
“I think Evertonians, and myself included, always want to see us win and always want to see us perform at a level that is expected. Players have to step up and they have to perform. That’s the demands of this football club.”
While three matches in the space of eight days has meant Unsworth has been limited in working with his squad, he says the time he has had on the training pitch has been fruitful.
And he believes the combination of the players’ quality and hard work will be crucial in turning around the Toffees’ form.
“The training sessions that we’ve had, albeit there haven’t been as many as I would have wanted, have been great,” added Unsworth. “They’ve been high tempo, the spirit has been great and that’s a great feeling to have when you are working on the training field, knowing that your players are enjoying themselves and giving you everything. In terms of the training it’s going as well as I would have wanted.
“As soon as you start winning games and a squad of players start getting a bit of form and scoring goals and keeping clean sheets, you can go as far as you can.
“At the moment we are not doing enough of that so we need to start winning games quickly and this group individually are quality players. They’ve shown that at their previous clubs and they’ve shown that here.
“We just need to come together as a team, like I said, and work as a team and win as a team.”