Everton manager David Moyes has admitted that his side are in a tricky position after a run of five games without a win left them just two points outside the relegation places.
The Toffees had previously strung together three consecutive league victories to rise up the table, but have since struggled for form, being thrashed 4-1 at home by West Brom at the weekend.
Moyes told the Daily Post: "The fact is we have not performed well enough over the piece so far.
"We have put in some good performances, but not consistently enough and our form has suffered badly in recent weeks.
"We are in a bad position and we have got some tough games coming up against Chelsea and Manchester City.
"But we have to keep going, keep trying and go out there and do it again and hope we start converting some of those chances.
"I don't know if things will change, but as things stand at the moment there is no money to buy any strikers in January, so we will have to look to players to step up and take more responsibility."