In the latest Everton news, Idrissa Gueye has talked up his side’s newly discovered confidence ahead of the final two games of an underwhelming campaign.
It has been an odd season for the Toffees, having been initially engulfed by excitement following a busy summer that saw a number of new arrivals at Goodison Park.
However, they took a while to gel as a team and Ronald Koeman paid with his job in October, with Sam Allardyce taking the reins.
Big Sam has been criticised for his defensive tactics but he has at least managed to stabilise the club and they look on course for a top-half finish.
Things have improved in weeks, losing just one of their last seven games in the Premier League and have recorded victories in their last two outings.
Saturday’s win at Huddersfield was particularly impressive and Gueye admitted the result showed how far they have come.
Saturday sees them welcome Southampton to Merseyside and Unibet have them at 2/1 to win the game.
For all their troubles, Gueye has been one of his side’s standout performers and will be keen to maintain his form ahead of Senegal’s return to the World Cup this summer.
The 28-year-old acknowledges that the Toffees have underperformed this season but also admits they have lacked confidence due to poor results.
Now they have started putting a run of games together, Gueye believes it is plain to see how good they can be now the belief is back in the squad.
“You see it when we play,” Gueye told the club’s website.
“The confidence is back and we are feeling good about how we play. It was difficult earlier in the season but the manager has got us getting results and we have moved up the league.
“We know we have a good team and the results have been coming and that has given us belief again.”