Everton’s players should think again if they reckon they’ve got nothing to play for

The only good thing that’s happening this week is we’ve got a game on Tuesday at Huddersfield.

When you’re in sticky form and you’ve had a bad result, the only way to bounce back is to put it right.

When you’ve got to wait to do that, it’s horrible, it plays on your mind, and you can’t wait to put it in the past.

We’ve got an opportunity to do that against Huddersfield.

It won’t be easy, they’ve got a new manager, so our players will need to stand up and be counted – because they’re playing for their futures.

That’s the way they’ve got to think, and Marco Silva has got to go in there and say, ‘if you want to be part of this football club, going forward, you’ve got to pull your finger out’.

Yes, you can all take responsibility, and you have team meetings with the manager or just as players, and I’ve done that, and it’s helped, as it gets it all out there.

But you’re only going to get judged on performances on the pitch.

These players need to prove their doubters wrong, and play for their futures, because if you’re not good enough, I’m pretty sure Marcel Brands will replace you.

It can be a tough business, football, but the time has come for the fans to see a run of performances.

If they don’t they’ll be unhappy, especially if the players put their flip flops on and think the season is already over.

That would be disrespectful.

I do feel for Marco.

His players have been so inconsistent.

Some will have one or two good games, they’ll get a chance, but then they’ll just lose their form, and that in turn falls on the manager.

He’s definitely under pressure, but I wouldn’t say his job is on the line.

That said, three or four more bad results and things can turn toxic very quickly, so he needs to look at the players he’s got, and see who he can trust; trust to help turn around this season.

But whoever he picks, it will be his choice, and he’ll always be accountable for that.

As I said, there are a lot of question marks over certain players, both old and new, and they need to step up to the plate.

It would be good to freshen things up, so it is disappointing that we can’t go into the transfer market and bring in new faces this week.

But, at the same time, I can understand it, because let’s face it, what’s the point now? In terms of trophies, we’ve got nothing to play for.

Why risk paying over the odds in January, to maybe finish three or four places up the league, when we can wait until the summer and start afresh.

It’s going to be a long end to the season now for everybody involved with the club, and while it would be nice to get a new player in this week to lift everyone, that we won’t be able to is down to the bad decisions from upstairs a couple of years ago when we paid all that money on players who weren’t and aren’t good enough.