Year after year Everton defy the odds with a team thin on the ground. But now they seem to have a side that is strong and settled. Can this be the year that David Moyes and the Toffees finally win the silverware they truly desire.
Starting from the back and based on last year’s record Everton had the third best defence in the division. Their defensive unit – for the most part has remained consistent with Howard in goal, Baines left, Neville or Hibert right and Distan, Jagielka or Heitinga central.
In attack last season Everton vastly improved from January onward with the signature of Nikica Jelavic who scored 9 goals in 13 games to finish as Everton’s top scorer in all competitions. To add Steven Pienaar returned (first on loan) to add four goals and six assists. Everton, also added lucky charm Darron Gibson who is still yet to appear on a loosing side in the 12 league games he has played under David Moyes.
So to present day and after a wonderful victory against Manchester United last week there is an air of confidence on the blue side of Stanley Park. The new signing of Kevin Mirallas is also a massive boost as he looks to join an attacking three of Pienaar and Jelavic. But the biggest news for Everton fans this year is that David Moyes stays put. He held strong against the draw of a bigger budget at Tottenham in favour of winning a much needed trophy that he knows the club he has been at for over ten years deserves.