Everton’s players are feeling fit and rejuvenated ahead of a crunch run of fixtures, says Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Iceland international has been out with his Blues teammates in Dubai on a warm-weather training camp – which he feels is the perfect preparation for a season-defining few weeks for the Toffees, who sit two points off seventh place in the table.
Everton face trips to Watford, Burnley and Stoke City, plus play host to Brighton and Manchester City before the end of March, and after taking 17 points from a possible 24 at Goodison Park, Sigurdsson hopes a rejuvenated Blues can begin to mirror that form on the road.
“We need to really push on,” the Club's record signing told evertontv. “The next five games are crucial for us - they are very important.
“Especially the home form; if we can continue playing the way we have in the last few games at Goodison, that will really set us up.
“We need to improve our away form, and if we can start picking up points away from home, hopefully we can have a good end to the season.
“It has been refreshing to get away and do a bit of training in the sunshine. It’s been tough but it has benefitted us.”
Sigurdsson himself has been close to his influential best for the Toffees in recent games.
After laying on his fifth assist of the campaign for Theo Walcott to open his Toffees account in the 2-1 win over Leicester City back in January , the 28-year-old playmaker was on target in the 3-1 success against Crystal Palace last time out.
That was Sigurdsson’s sixth goal in Everton colours and the former Tottenham and Swansea man is enjoying life under Sam Allardyce.
“I have been scoring more and getting more assists, which is always nice,” he added. “I think the manager has been getting the best out of me. But the main thing is we have been playing and defending better [as a team].
“Our overall performances have been a lot more positive since the start of the season and I think that has been shown by the amount of points we have been getting.
“We are in a good position considering where we were a few months ago. We have some important games coming up where we need to make sure we do well and finish the season strongly.”