Everton boss Rafa Benitez makes January window pledge as he bids to turn season around

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Everton last recorded a victory on the 25th of September against Championship-bound Norwich. Since then, they have lost six games and drawn two, and the pressure is beginning to mount on the shoulders of manager Rafa Benitez.

The Toffees suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Liverpool last Wednesday, in a game which showed the growing gap in quality between the Merseyside clubs.

On one hand, the Reds were sharp, clinical and looked unstoppable. Whereas Everton looked disjointed and shaky, and it was the final nail in the coffin for some.

Fans of the Goodison Park outfit are being urged to take part in a mass walkout on Monday night in protest against the Everton owners following the club’s inability to take steps forward and look capable of winning some silverware.

But Benitez may have given those furious supporters a glimmer of hope by hinting that the club will be busy in the January transfer window.

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Speaking ahead of the game against the Gunners on Monday, the Spaniard said: “We have to do the same thing that we were doing at this time on the pitch. We will be better. On the pitch, it is very clear. I’m concentrating on that.

“That is the main thing. Always I have the idea that if everything is right (off the pitch) when the team is not doing well on the pitch, everyone will be complaining.

“We have to concentrate at the moment on that and keep an eye on the January transfer window. It can help.

“The main thing is to bring back some players who are injured and make sure they continue working really hard. If we can improve on the pitch, it will be easier to improve off the pitch.”

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The Toffees have struggled since striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin suffered an injury against Brighton in September.

The Englishman had scored in every league game (three) before that point and was one of the most in-form players in the league, and his absence has hit the team hard.

Without Calvert-Lewin, Everton lack a focal point for their attack. The likes of Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray have been creating chances in every game but there is no towering target man lurking in and around the penalty box to convert the chances.

Benitez continued: “I’m not happy with the situation, I am the first one who would like to win.

“I want to do well and when I decided to come here it was because I was convinced that we could do well.

“Still I am convinced we will do well, I want us to do well and I am really frustrated when we don’t do that.

“If I am like that, I understand the frustrations of the fans. The only thing that I can do is make sure we make the right decisions and then we don’t make mistakes in some of the games like we have done. I will work with the players and make sure they understand that.”

Everton director of football Marcel Brands left the club late on Sunday night, which could hand Benitez the opportunity to have more of a role to play in new signings and plan out the long-term future for the club.

Having spent £500million on players in the last five years, fans probably should not expect the most jaw-dropping of windows, but the early indication from Benitez that he has one eye on January is certainly something to be positive about.

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