In the latest Everton news, boss Sam Allardyce has turned to a sports psychologist to try and address the ongoing issues within his squad.
The Toffees have struggled for consistency all season and have only managed to pick up one victory on their travels in the Premier League.
Allardyce has been unable to get his men going on the road since taking over and their poor record of just four wins away from Goodison Park last season looks set to be beaten in 2017-18.
The 63-year-old’s appointment did bring about an improvement in performances at home and they now find themselves clear of the relegation zone, likely to be safe in mid-table.
Everton head into Saturday’s Premier League clash at Stoke off the back of six successive away defeats in all competitions and Allardyce has called on specialist help to try and improve their mentality.
Allardyce said: “We tried a number of things. I think a change of systems, a change of personnel, but I think a change of mentality is the big one.
“They are getting some help with that. We have used our in-house sports psychologist who has been here for a while and slowly he has integrated himself in some of the sessions with some of the players.
“We’ve been using a bit more work into the mind in the analysis room about who we are, what do we want to get and what we want to achieve.
“The main thing is the focus on being mindful and visualising the performance you give at the top level, and thinking about that to put yourself in a positive frame of mind before you run out on to the field on a Saturday.”