The pressure will be on Everton when the players return after the international break due to the team’s poor run of results.
Ronald Koeman is under fire from the supporters after the manager guided the club to just two wins from their first seven Premier League matches.
The most recent result was a 1-0 loss to Burnley – the club’s fourth in the top flight – which has left the Merseyside outfit just two points above the relegation zone.
Before joining up with the England squad, Keane, who signed for Everton from Burnley as part of a spending spree in the summer transfer window, delivered his thoughts on the team’s problems.
The defender told the club’s official website:
“We just need to keep working hard every day on the training pitch and do the right things all of the time. We’ve got an experienced manager, we’ve got some experienced players, and they know we will come out of it.
“We just have to keep working hard – that’s all you can do, and then give your best every time. If we get a few wins, that confidence will come back and hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.”
The fans, though, are not quite buying into Keane’s claims, with many feeling gloomy about how the season could pan out.
Not again !
— Steve Jones (@steve25813jones) October 3, 2017
You guys talk too much. Shut up and do the talking on the pitch!
— Sam tan (@Samtan88220980) October 3, 2017
Slow start? Now that's an under statement.
It has been a pathetic start.
A woeful start.
A dreadful one,
— Niren (@Niren_) October 3, 2017
Why start so many games in tho? If we picked it up straight away we would be doing nicely now.
— C (@chughs67) October 3, 2017
January can't come quick enough. ..hope we get a few points before then or were in trouble
— Brabo (@DavidBrabander) October 3, 2017
Heads are going down to easily it will turn around but more spirt & fight required by all
— keith sweeney (@keithsweeney5) October 3, 2017
time for cheap talk has passed – less words, more action and better results
— James (@ohyesitreallyis) October 3, 2017
— Luke (@NiasseSZN) October 3, 2017
Everton, who are also yet to pick up a win in the group stage of the Europa League, are scheduled to take on Brighton, Arsenal and Leicester in their next three league games.