Everton's Ross Barkley's poor form over the course of the season so far has left him in the most pressurised situation of his career to date.
The youngster set a high standard for himself last year, as he was a key influence in the Toffees' team, but he has failed to reach those heights for the campaign to date.
Barkley missed most of pre-season with an injury and he hasn't looked entirely match-sharp since, putting in a series of middling displays for Roberto Martinez's side.
However, after being dropped to the substitutes' bench for Everton's match against Manchester City this weekend, the 21-year-old says that he is feeling better than ever and he predicts that an up-turn in his form will be evident soon.
“I feel much fitter now I’ve got some games under my belt,” he said to the Liverpool Echo. “I feel like from now on I’m going to be playing much better for the rest of the season. I’m more confident than I have been in the last few games.
“I believe goals will come for me too. I believe in my own ability; I scored goals last season and I believe I will for the rest of my career as well.
Everton certainly need the attacking midfield to get back to the top of his game, as the club have struggled to meet their expectations so far this season.
The Merseyside outfit are down in 12th place in the Premier League table as things stand, and that is way short of their target of breaking into the top-four.
A number of their key players have appeared short of their best and Barkley is one of those struggling the most.
The England international will be hoping to show that he can back up his words about an impending improvement at the next available opportunity, though.
Martinez's men face Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park next week and they will be determined to pick up the three points to ignite their season.