Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has spoken of how he feels the team has improved during the course of the Premier League season amid a few lacklustre results at certain points of the campaign, helping to give Marco Silva a selection headache.
The Toffees have suffered from inconsistency for much of the season and, although their form has largely improved, this remains evident with results like the 4-0 win over Manchester United having been preceded by a 2-0 loss at Fulham.
That humbling loss to the already-relegated Cottagers was itself preceded by a three-match winning run against Arsenal, West Ham United and Chelsea, but there is nonetheless a positive springboard to go into this summer given the progress made over the season.
Pickford, speaking ahead of Sunday's Premier League final away at Tottenham Hotspur, also spoke of how the competition for places gives Silva difficult decisions to make every week but has in turn enabled the players to feed off each other and prosper.
"There is a lot of competition for places, which gives the manager some difficult decisions every week, but that is how players get the best out of each other," Pickford told the official Everton website.
"We played very well in some of the away games against sides near the top of the league earlier this season. We were good at Arsenal and Manchester United but could not get the first goal. That is what we have started to do in the past few months and you can see the results. The squad is young and still developing and our intention is to kick on again next season."
Everton will no doubt be eager to prove a point against Spurs bearing in mind their recent run of form against the North Londoners, not to mention the severity of their last defeat.
The reverse fixture just before Christmas saw Mauricio Pochettino's side run out 6-2 winners at Goodison Park, plus Everton have lost their last four against Tottenham and not won in their last 12, as documented by 11v11.
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