The failure to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer has cost Everton, who have scored only four Premier League goals this season - three fewer than the Belgium worldwide has managed for Manchester United.
Everton major shareholder Farhad Moshiri has given his full backing to bumbling Dutch manager Ronald Koeman after yet another appalling display from the Blues at the weekend.
It's what is seen as the dreaded vote of confidence, with the Sun reporting that the Dutchman is on the verge of being sacked, while the Mirror claim his future is out of his hands. "(Then) you have that little bit more assuredness coming to these grounds, play, deal with the noise around the ground and focus on what you have got to do", he said. Not disappointed about the commitment and belief of the players because I think it was totally different.
"It impacts the team, the fans, but I can't complain about the attitude or commitment of my players today".
A poor start to Everton's campaign has very much been blamed on Ronald Koeman so far.
As a result, Koeman may struggle to continue through the global break as it stands.
After a close-season in which the club invested nearly £140 million (S$253m) and brought back Wayne Rooney to his boyhood team from Manchester United, more was expected of Koeman and the players.
He missed the start of the season with a groin problem but made his comeback in last month's win over Huddersfield.
Moshiri sanctioned spending of close to $A237.3 million during the transfer window and Everton's form has led to increasing speculation that Koeman is on borrowed time.
"With expectations so high, Koeman needed players to hit the ground running".
Everton finished seventh in the Premier League last season and were expected to challenge for a top-six spot in 2017-18.