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Everton set for Champions League finish?

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Everton are currently in fifth place, a point behind their Merseyside rivals Liverpool. The big question is - can they break into the top four?

Unlike Southampton who started to fade over the Christmas period, Everton continued to pick up points and maintain their climb. 

A lot of this has to do with the manager, Roberto Martinez.

He has transformed a team which is prone to defend more often than attack.

Everton have become more attack-minded and adventurous. Last season under David Moyes they lacked the punch and the "it" factor that they have now.

Maritnez has been the major reason for the changes, while there are a few other players who have been notable reasons for Everton's rise in performance.

Romelu Lukaku, who is on loan from Chelsea, is making Jose Mourinho regret letting him go.

The Belgian striker has more goals than all of the Chelsea strikers combined.

He is growing into a prolific striker and if Lukaku doesn't see himself playing in blue colours come next season, he would probably leave Chelsea.

The midfield area has been quite impressive for Everton, with both experience and young talent showing why they deserve to be playing in Europe next season.

Gareth Barry, who is on loan from Man City, has been in stunning form.

And what more can be said about Ross Barkley - touted to be the answer to England's midfield woes.

With the exit of Fellaini in the summer transfer window, many assumed that it would prove difficult to stabilise their midfield.

But his departure may be the best thing that happened to Everton.

They have started to play a free-flowing game, that may not have been possible with the strong Belgian in the ranks.

Will Everton make it into the top four? It will be a big ask.

But Martinez has worked miracles before, and even if they don't make it to the Champions league, the Europa league is certainly a possible target.

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