Everton have suffered four successive Premier League defeats, and six in their last seven outings in all competitions.
Roberto Martinez, a man who could seemingly do no wrong, suddenly finds himself with some difficult questions to answer.
The most testing of those is to how to approach the second-half of the season?
The Toffees have played a certain way under their Spanish coach, and have enjoyed considerable success.
Former Goodison Park midfielder Lee Carsley believes they need to keep faith with that approach, with it possible that tinkering with tactics now will do more harm than good.
He said in the Liverpool Echo: “I’ve said it several times before but this is probably the strongest squad we’ve had in a generation and a lot of our players would walk into most other Premier League teams out there.
“We shouldn’t be hitting panic stations or player bashing and what I like about Evertonians is that on the whole we do back our managers and players and get behind them rather than being fickle.
“Martinez has got a lot in the bank from the way we performed last season and now is the time for getting behind him and the team.
“It’s not even like we should be saying that we need a Plan B because that’s lazy. Plan A actually works. It’s been proven to on many occasions and as much as it hurts at the moment we don’t want to go ripping things up and starting again.”
Carsley makes a good point, but does there become a stage where change cannot be ignored?
Martinez certainly has the quality at his disposal to turn things around, but confidence has been severely rocked.
It may be that mixing things up produces the required spark, with Everton quite clearly in need of a few performances where they grind out results and rid themselves of costly errors.