New Everton manager Roberto Martinez declared he was going to bring Champions League football to Merseyside but can his new club challenge for top four place next season?

Last season Everton finished sixth, only 10 points behind fourth place, which was taken by Arsenal. The Toffees also finished above their local rivals Liverpool.

Everton have experience of finishing in the top four - this was achieved under David Moyes in the 2004/05 season. 

To bridge this gap Everton must keep hold of their best players. Marouane Felliani and Leighton Baines could both leave the club - if Martinez has any hope of challenging the top four in the near future Everton must keep hold of both of their stars. 

Baines has been arguably the best left-back in the Premier League in recent years. He has scored some important goals for Everton in the past and is a set piece specialist.

Felliani only recently came into the limelight, as last season the Belgian was instrumental in Everton's push for a European place, scoring 12 goals in 36 appearances last season.

With Martinez now at the helm, Everton's way of playing with change to a more attacking style. This will benefit the club in the long run.

Martinez has already bought in four new signings this summer. Everton have signed Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz and Arouna Kone all from Marinez's former club Wigan. Also they have signed Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona on loan.

These new signings will add depth to the Everton squad which has been lacking in previous seasons. In the past when important players such as Phil Jagielka got injured Everton lacked adequate cover.

When players such as Nikica Jelavic were out-of-form last season Everton didn't have many options - Kone has added an option to that department. Martinez will also hope he can get Jelavic firing again. He managed 11 goals in 16 appearances during his first season at Goodison and will hope to replicate that once again in 2013/14.

Martinez is a good manager and helped save Wigan from the drop many times and helped the Latics win the FA Cup in his final season in charge and with more strength in depth with new signings, Everton could be eyeing trophy success.

With Everton's only one previous experience at finishing in the top four they are dark horses, but do have the talent to compete for a Champions League spot under Roberto Martinez as long as they keep their best players.   


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