It is fair to say this season has not started as Everton or their fans would have hoped or expected.
Following Roberto Martinez's outstanding debut campaign, big things were expected of the Toffees, who impressed in the transfer window and saw some of their young players blossom into first-team stars. But when play paused for the international break, Everton found themselves 17th in the Premier League, two points outside the bottom-three and with just one victory all season.
When the Toffees return to domestic matters things need to change, and quickly, and it will require calm heads to ensure the club begins its climb back up the table. So who has shown in the early stages of the campaign that they can find a pass even when the going is tough?
As you can see from the table below, there is a surprise leader when it comes to passing accuracy so far this season. It could be questioned why Tyias Browning is included given that he has only played 29 minutes of senior league football to date, but the very fact that he has such a high percentage when he has appeared against Liverpool and Manchester United says it all.
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Behind Browning is Jagielka, whose 92.55 per cent from 443 passes is mightily impressive, and it is no surprise that of the top five, four are defenders.
But what is surprising is that despite their age, Browning and John Stones have shone when it comes to this particular stat.
Kevin Mirallas also impressed prior to his injury in the Merseyside derby, and Martinez will no doubt be hoping to have the Belgian back in contention sooner rather than later.