Everton left-back Leighton Baines has delivered a damning assessment of the Toffees' squad in the wake of their third Premier League loss in a row to Manchester United on Sunday.
The England international, who has endured another injury-plagued season with his ankle, believes there's a current lack of chemistry at Goodison Park.
He said, as per the Liverpool Echo: "I just don’t feel as though the chemistry is quite there with the team on the pitch at the moment, and it hasn’t been for a while.
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"We are maybe leaning too heavily on individuals to come up with something.
"Results have an impact on that because chemistry and confidence go hand in hand, if you start winning games."
As one of Everton's senior squad members, such words carry a fair bit of weight and will come as quite a concern for fans and players alike, especially so amidst the club's ambition to end their 21-year trophy wait.
The Toffees have suffered an alarming decline since finishing fifth on 72 points two seasons ago, finishing outside of the top ten last campaign and looking set to repeat the very same this time around.
And the statistics only give a better indiciation of why they languish 12th and level on points with Bournemouth.
Finding the net hasn't been a problem for Everton this season, scoring 51 league goals thus far and 12 more than fifth-placed United, yet they've shipped 42, the joint-sixth most in the Premier League.
Furthermore, the Toffees have conceded the second most goals at home this campaign (28) - one less than bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa (29) - and lost eight of their ten defeats at Goodison Park.
Baines continued to insist they must now target FA Cup success to reward fans for their continued support through times of adversity.
"That's our season in some respects now," he continued. "It certainly is from the fans point of view and we've let them down a lot, it's our only way of making it up to them."
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