If you’ve had offered an Everton fan sixth place in the league with nine games gone, I’m sure they would have bitten your hand off.

As it stands, they are above Manchester City and Manchester United.

That may please their fans, but they will be struggling to watch current affairs unfold at Old Trafford, where their once hero David Moyes isn’t having the best of starts.

It seems as if his squad are struggling to get up to speed with his methods, something his old squad didn’t have a problem with.

Everton themselves have had to adjust to a new managerial style, under the talented Spaniard Roberto Martinez.

It seems as if this is less of a transition than what is taking place at United, as The Toffees have adapted seemingly well to the Martinez way, passing the ball more and playing some stylish football.

Martinez has always loved his teams to play football. His brand of the game was a roaring success at Swansea, and that was carried on by Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup.

At Wigan as well it worked, but not for long, as the Latics were relegated last season after a series of miracle survivals.

It did bring Martinez F.A Cup glory, something that looked completely against the odds, even as they lined up for the final at Wembley.

Moving on to Everton was the obvious step for Martinez when Moyes was announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor.

It didn’t take the board long to identify their ideal candidate, and Martinez has taken to the role superbly.

The squad is well balanced with experience and youth. Ross Barkley is a real gem or Everton and England and has the potential to be a top player. The best bit of business done by Martinez in the summer was keeping hold of Leighton Baines, a world-class left-back who will battle all the way to Brazil for his England starting place.

Everton has always been a team that works hard. They are grafters and are tough to beat home or away. That is why they may just be able to keep their current good spell going for some time, and push into the top six if not higher.

Martinez had the magic F.A Cup touch with Wigan last season, maybe he can do it with his new club. For many years Everton have been tipped as an outside chance for domestic cup success. As the years go by the odds become shorter and shorter.

They definitely have the squad and team spirit to achieve great things this season.

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