Everton have lost three Premier League games in a row and that means the international break has come at a fairly good time for Carlo Ancelotti.
When the Toffees are back in action, their next game is against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Scott Parker’s side currently sit 17th, with just one win to their name and the match should represent a decent opportunity to get back on track.
In an exclusive interview with Everton News, we asked Nigel Martyn for his thoughts on the upcoming trip to west London.
“It’s a must-win,” said Martyn. “Not in the fact of relegation or it’s gonna be to win the whole thing but it’s just to get confidence back.
“Everton are going to be playing a team who are probably not of the same quality of players that they’ve been playing against.
“That Newcastle result was a bit disappointing, that’s a game they could’ve and should’ve got something out of. Southampton are a decent side, so you could say that result isn’t the end of the world.”
“Newcastle was a bit disappointing,” Martyn continued. “And the United one was a bit disappointing too because they were there if you really got stuck into them.
“So it’s an opportunity to get back to winning ways, to get confidence up. Richarlison will be back so that’ll be a big boost, straight back into the team.
“For an away game against Fulham, you need to be trying to get three points from that game.”
Ancelotti should have something approaching a full-strength team for the trip to Craven Cottage, with the caveat that some players may come back a bit fatigued from international duty.
Facing a relegation-battler should represent a chance to get all three points and end a run of four top flight matches without a win, especially with Richarlison back in the fold.
Nigel Martyn speaking to Everton News: Archive