After their 3-2 win over Newcastle United last night, Everton climbed to fourth in the Premier League table.

And while it's still very early days, there has been enough evidence to suggest that the blue half of Merseyside are set to finish above their arch rivals, Liverpool.

Everton are the only unbeaten side in the division, with their lack of cutting edge in the opening few games of the campaign preventing them from sitting even higher up the table.

A 2-2 draw on the opening day of the season at Norwich was followed up by successive goalless draws at home to West Brom and away to Cardiff - but their striking problems were soon answered.

In came Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku - the Belgian international arrived at Goodison Park on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day, giving Everton's frontline the boost they so desperately needed.

Forced to watch on from the sidelines as Martinez's men secured a 1-0 home success over Lukaku's parent club Chelsea, the Everton loanee made his Toffees debut in the 3-2 away win over West Ham United.

And Lukaku scored the all-important winner, coming off the bench to make an immediate impact for his new club.

But it's not just Lukaku's arrival that suggests Everton will finish the season ahead of Liverpool.

The emergence of Ross Barkley has been as important, if not more so. Losing Marouane Fellaini was a huge blow, but Barkley's rise to stardom has ensured the Everton faithful were quick to forget about their former Belgian hero.

Martinez also brought in Gareth Barry - revitalised after being frozen out at Manchester City - and James McCarthy, a player he knows all too well from his time at Wigan.

Throw in the fact that Bill Kenwright managed to prevent Leighton Baines from joining Manchester United, and Everton seem set for one of their most successful seasons to date.

Granted, Liverpool's early season form is equally as impressive - they sat proudly at the top of the table until Southampton pulled off a shock win at Anfield just over a week ago.

But Brendan Rodgers' men lack the necessary strength in depth to compete - Iago Aspas, Mamadou Sakho and Luis Alberto are yet to impress, with Rodgers proving his inefficiencies in the transfer market.

Meanwhile, Martinez's astute summer acquisitions have ensured that Everton are well positioned to mount a genuine charge on the top four - while they're more than capable of causing an upset by finishing above Liverpool too.

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