Everton FC are heading to Qatar for a warm weather training camp.
The Blues squad jet off to the Middle East on Wednesday for a mid-season break and Leighton Baines hopes it can help kick-start their faltering campaign.
Everton don’t play again until January 31 when they face a trip to Crystal Palace and manager Roberto Martinez is using to enforced break to take his squad away to train.
Martinez took the players to Tenerife this time last year and Baines hopes the camp can help Everton overcome a period he has described as a “difficult moment”.
“It is similar to what we did last season,” Baines said.
“We had some hard sessions in the morning with some tactical stuff in the afternoon. It is a chance to go away and take a bit of time to take a step back and look at where we are going wrong. We have to because we are going wrong at the minute.
“But this will give us more time together to try and put things right. It gives us the chance to put more work in and cover some more points that we need to go over and address. Hopefully it will be beneficial.”
“It is like a mini pre-season,” added Baines.
“We have been spending a lot of time together anyway especially with it being a busy period. We will go away now for a change of scenery and it is a good opportunity to put the work in.
“Hopefully we can get more spirit back amongst the lads and keep everyone together. It is difficult at the moment. We have to stay together and look after each other.
“Hopefully this trip can be beneficial in all those ways.”
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