Swansea City manager Bob Bradley has admitted that the club are suffering from a lack of leadership following the departure of captain Ashley Williams to Everton in the summer.
The Swans, who sold their captain to the Toffees for £12 million before the start of the season, are currently 19th in the Premier League - level on points with bottom club Sunderland and six adrift of safety ahead of their trip to Goodison Park on Saturday.
Having opened the campaign with a 1-0 victory over newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor, the South Wales club have subsequently collected just two points from a possible 30 and their six-year top-flight status appears to be in a genuine threat.
Bradley feels that his players have been negatively affected since the sale of Williams, who spent eight years at the Liberty Stadium, but has encouraged them to step up and make up for the loss of leadership.
"I've heard many stories about Ashley, and they always begin with his leadership ability," said Bradley.
"I understand that when a player that carries that type of responsibility within a team chooses to leave, the work needs to be done to build that type of leadership back into the team.
"It might not come from one player, it may come from a group. But, without a doubt, we need more leadership and leadership on the field in different ways.
"It can be a strong voice but it can also be from making plays. We need more guys that, when the game starts, are ready to take real action. When you lose a leader, everyone is challenged to take a bigger role."