Darren Bent insists that Everton need to show a significant improvement in their mental strength if they are to compete at the top level in the Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker, admits he was hugely disappointed by what he saw from Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the 1-0 defeat against Tottenham.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s visit to Wolves, Ancelotti admits the Toffees have to improve their “personality and courage” to boost their away form.

Bent claims the players looked devoid of confidence in their trip to Tottenham and insists that has got to change in the near future.

Bent told Football Insider: “First and foremost, that Spurs – Everton game might just have been the worst Premier League game since coming back from lockdown, it was boring.

“I can understand where Ancelotti’s coming from because this a guy we’re talking about who was a serial winner, he’s one of the greatest managers ever in what he’s won – he’s won the Premier League, he’s won the Champions League as a coach and a player.

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“He knows he how to get it done and that was one of the things you thought when he went to Everton, these kind of things don’t really mix and match, how’s it going to work?

“They have been a lot better since he took charge but it’s how do they change the mentality of the club? One thing I thought when I watched them against Spurs was they lacked any real belief. 

“They’ve been playing well, doing okay but they never felt they could truly go and beat a team like Spurs – I think that’s where the mentality needs to change.”

Everton have won just four times in their 17 away games this season, with 10 defeats to their names on the road.

After the Wolves clash, the Toffees have just one more game away from Goodison Park this season.

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