Everton defender Leighton Baines admits that 2014 hasn't been the year that he was hoping for.
Despite the Toffees' fine performance last campaign, where they climbed into fifth spot in the Premier League table, their form this season to date has rather tarnished that impressive finish, according to Baines.
With the Toffees 11th, the experienced defender has admitted that his side are not where they were hoping to be and he wants to see an improvement soon.
“The way the league has been if we had just been ourselves in what we were last season we would be right up there but we haven’t been able to keep to the level we were the season before," Baines said to the Liverpool Echo. "This calendar year has been a little disappointing at where we are at but we are not far from anything.
“We have a block of fixtures where we can go for it knowing that if you come out the other side you might be where you wanted to be the first place.”
If Everton are to have a 2015 to remember they will need to sort out the deficiencies in their current squad.
The Toffees invested heavily over the summer and were expected to pick up where they left off, after keeping most of their protagonists from the previous year, but things haven't worked out like that.
Roberto Martinez's men's defence has been porous, while their attack hasn't posed as much threat, either.
It has left them languishing in mid-table, but the six point gap to sixth-placed Arsenal is certainly not insurmountable, in what is one of the most open Premier League seasons in modern history, if they can get back to top form.