Martin Keown has admitted that he sympathies with Everton supporters due to the inconsistency with their team this campaign.
The Toffees currently sit ninth in the Premier League table with just four games remaining and still have the potential to end up seventh.
Marco Silva has enjoyed a mixed first year with the Merseyside club, where they have had some real highs and lows.
Everton were beaten by already relegated Fulham in their last match, which came off the back of successive wins over Arsenal, West Ham and Chelsea.
Keown, who had a spell with Everton during this playing career, feels that the inconsistency has plagued their season.
“I sympathise with Everton fans. Just when they think their team has found consistency, it goes wrong again,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“It had looked like the Toffees had turned a corner under Marco Silva. They beat Chelsea, West Ham then Arsenal, all without conceding, then they lost 2-0 to Fulham. How do you explain that?”
Everton host Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League and it would be no surprise to see them raise their game.
The Toffees have a knack of performing well against the top-six clubs and can be a real tough nut to crack on home turf.
Fans will love watching their team compete with the best, but it really does mean very little when they go back to square one against lesser teams in the division.
Everton have the quality within their squad to enjoy a successful second season under Silva, but they have got to fix the sloppy displays and part of it must be a psychological barrier.