Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has spoken out in defence of Everton's season on his club’s official website.
Southampton may be gearing up to face Everton on Saturday, but Wanyama was nothing but complimentary about the South Coast side's upcoming opponents.
The Toffees have received a sizeable amount of criticism this season on the back of their struggles in the Premier League, but the Kenya international believes they have been unfairly treated.
"It’s not easy for them because they were playing in the Europa League, the cups and the Premier League," he said. "It’s a big thing to ask and you need a big squad for that. They have been doing well.
"They were in the Europa League until recently, they did fantastic in that, but it’s because of that maybe they haven’t been so consistent in the league.”
Wanyama had the potential to put pressure on Everton ahead of the weekend fixture, but he clearly is not a great believer in mind-games.
His statement is a very positive one, but even some Everton fans will not agree with it as they have been left frustrated at the way their season has unfolded.
The Toffees did perform reasonably well in Europe, but their league form has been abject and a mid-table finish isn't good enough for a club of their ambition.
Everton finished in fifth spot last year and to have regressed so much in 12 months is a major disappointment, which they will need to rectify next term.