Former Everton striker Louis Saha has urged the Toffees to toughen up or risk another below-par campaign in the English Premier League next season.
The Goodison Park side finished 11th last term – their joint-lowest finish since 2004 – which saw them total 25 points less than in manager Roberto Martinez’s first season in charge.
And Saha, who scored 27 goals in 97 appearances for the Merseysiders, believes the squad must increase their aggression if they are to improve next season.
He told Liverpool Echo: “Maybe I am wrong but I don’t think there was the same aggression in some games.
“It is easy to judge, but it is more about the spirit. I was a bit surprised.
“I watched a game against Chelsea last year and it is strange because I didn’t see the same aggression.
“So maybe the aggression, the actual strength of Everton, wasn’t there last season.”