If there is one attribute that epitomises Everton above all else, it is heart. The roaring desire echoing throughout their crumbling amphitheatre of football, the never-say-die commitment from the players or the dugout; there is a reason even Sir Alex Ferguson used to dread visiting Goodison Park to take on the famously feisty Everton.
Not any more. These days, the notoriously sticky Toffees have lost much of their bite. The era of crunching Phil Neville lunges or the heartfelt determination of Leon Osman or Tim Cahill are little more than a nostalgic memento as the successive sides of Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman collapse without a whimper.
For many fans, the 3-2 defeat to Watford on Saturday was the final straw. From the 5-0 battering by Chelsea to the anonymous defeat to Southampton, too often have Everton simply rolled over rather than rolled up their sleeves.
Therefore, they could certainly do worse than signing a 50-capped Argentine international; a serial winner whose tenacity and technique makes him one of the most complete midfielders around.
According to The Mirror, Everton are keen on entering negotiations with Inter Milan over signature of Ever Banega in January.
On song, the 28-year-old is a joy to watch, hassling opponents and seizing possession before distributing it with magisterial vision and class or scything through midfield battlegrounds before sliding picture book through-balls into the path of onrushing strikers.
However, it is not so much his all-round excellence that Everton need right now but his fiery, South American spirit. The winning personality that took him to successive Europa League crowns at the heart of Unai Emery’s Sevilla midfield. The knife-between-the-teeth identity that his former manager alluded to once Banega’s switch to the San Siro and Inter Milan was confirmed this summer.
"He shed some tears in the dressing room because he's going," Emery said in quotes reported by Goal.
"I have a great relationship with him. I love him, because he's a boy who loves football, who endears himself to you and who gives you all of his heart and his ability — and he has a lot."