So far this season, Everton have had three draws. That is not great, but not exactly disastrous either. They've managed to keep two clean sheets but, worryingly, have also gone two games without scoring. That's not through a lack of chances, however.
So far this season, Everton have averaged the most shots per game so it was clear that they were lacking somebody to put the ball into the net. Manager Roberto Martinez has pulled off one of the coups of the season and landed arguably Chelsea's best striker in Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan deal.
With 17 goals in 20 starts for West Brom last season, Lukaku could be exactly what Everton were missing last season as they just missed out on Europe.
Everybody seems to write off Everton every year, but season after season they have over performed. Last season, Everton were badly missing a goalscorer. This year they have got basically the same squad but with top-class striker. I'm not saying Everton will definitely be in the mix for top four, but I don't see any reason why they can't.
People may counter my argument by suggesting that Everton will be without Marouane Fellaini, who left Everton for Manchester United on deadline day. This season, Fellaini had been playing in a defensive role, so he wasn't ever going to get the goals.
Everton have signed James McCarthy and Gareth Barry, and the former McCarthy can do the defensive-midfield job just as good as, or even better than, Fellaini.
With Gerard Deulofeu adding an extra dimension and Ross Barkley providing another plus point, Everton look strong in midfield. Antolin Alcaraz will provide cover at the back and Joel Robles will provide good competition for Everton's current goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Arouna Kone will get a couple of goals to ease the burden on Lukaku with his bags of experience and finishing ability. There's still a long way to go, of course. But in previous seasons strange things have happened and Everton could challenge.
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