Gylfi Sigurdsson says “confident and strong” Everton are approaching their best form – and the team's improvement is helping him deliver his finest football since he joined the Club.
The Icelander’s blend of craft and industry has been integral to the Toffees collecting 10 points from their past four Premier League matches, with the latest success a 1-0 win at Newcastle United on Wednesday night.
Everton's productive run has seen them jump six places to 10th in the league, four points off Leicester City in eighth.
Asked about his own form ahed of the visit of his former club Swansea to Goodison on Monday, Sigurdsson told evertontv: “It is improving. That comes with the team as well – collectively we are much better than a couple of months ago.
“We were lacking confidence and results, and things were not going our way. There was just something missing. But as a team, and personally as well, things are better at the moment.
“If we continue what we have been doing on the training field and in matches for the past couple of weeks, we will hopefully have a good Christmas period – and take that form into January.
“We have more confidence and organisation. And we all know what the manager wants from us defensively – and offensively as well."
Everton had slipped to 16th in the table before Sam Allardyce was announced as boss in late November.
But subsequent victories over West Ham United and Huddersfield Town – when Sigurdsson scored his first Goodison Park Premier League goal following his Club-record move from Swansea City in August – were followed by Sunday’s Merseyside derby draw at Anfield.
And the Blues continued their unbeaten streak by securing a first away-day triumph since January on their midweek trip to St James’ Park.
“It was a long-time coming and it was nice to get it at a tough away ground," said Sigurdsson. “It was not the prettiest game. It is a tough ground but we did the job well.
"We kept a clean sheet, which the manager will be happy with – but we probably could have passed the ball a bit better and taken our opportunities in the second half.
“They had an attacking full-back [DeAndre Yedlin] so I had to try to limit him going forward. When he did get forward, me and Cuco [Martina] had to deal with it – their winger tucking inside and full-back going on the outside.
“But we dealt with it quite well. The team has been working really hard defensively, from the front man all the way back. And we are getting our rewards for that."
Everton’s trip across Stanley Park for last weekend's derby heralded the start of a congested festive period, with the Blues playing seven matches in the space of 22 days.
Swansea and Chelsea both visit Goodison before Christmas, with another flurry of fixtures to follow around the turn of the year.
And Sigurdsson, whose non-stop running and application at Newcastle drew plenty of vocal praise from assistant boss Sammy Lee on the touchline, is warning his side there is no time to bask in their achievements of the past month.
“Sammy was happy with the clean sheet and three points away from home, even though it was not our best performance,” said Sigurdsson.
“But it shows the confidence and strength of the team – we are probably not playing our best football but we are getting results and that is the main thing.
“But we have a few very important games we need to put our minds to now, to ensure we produce good performances.
"If you look at the size of the Club and the players in the team, you want to be getting back-to-back results, home and away. If you do that you fly up the table.
“Things are improving but there is a long way to go. If you take your foot off the pedal in this league you will lose games. It is very important we stay on the front foot and keep doing the right things.”