A ripple of excitement has been frequently running through the stands at Goodison Park, and why wouldn't it?
After 11 faithful years of managerial service David Moyes stepped down as Everton manager in May 2013 upon the expiry of his contract with the club, and eventually went on to become the manager of Manchester United, leaving his former club in dire need of a solid replacement.
The replacement eventually came in the form of Roberto Martinez, a man who took the English footballing world by storm during his time at Wigan simply because of his fantastic managing skills. Although he couldn't save Wigan from the clutches of relegation, the Everton hierarchy still invested the necessary faith in him and boy it has been paying off.
They have managed to earn 45 points out of a possible 75 and currently sit at a very convincing sixth position ahead of reigning Premier League champions Manchester United.The credit of this massive success goes completely to Martinez.
It is a manager who sets the tone for the team and instills a winning mentality within them. Martinez obviously has the advantage in this argument chiefly because of his summer acquisitions of the extremely talented Belgian youngster Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea on loan along with England veteran Gareth Barry from Man City. But isn't this the job of every manager? Strengthening their sides?
His signings have delivered big dividends, with Lukaku having scored nine goals and Barry standing like a rock in front of the back four and beautifully interlinking the play between the midfield and the defence by knitting those small balls and being assisted commendably by James McCarthy.
The Merseysiders have managed to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford, and Chelsea at Goodison Park. They salvaged a hard fought point from a nail biting encounter against their traditional rivals Liverpool in a hotly contested Merseyside derby which ended 3-3 but were tamed in the reverse fixture at Anfield by four goals to nil.
The highlight of their season has been their dominant and resolute performance against the mid-table teams. Hard fought victories against West Ham and Newcastle along with displays of absolute class against Stoke and Fulham has significantly boosted their Champions League cause. However, is all of this enough for them to qualify for the best club competition in Europe?
Personally it's a no from my side. There are many reasons for this opinion of mine, a few being their poor financial condition and the quality of players they possess. They have a squad which can perform well in the Premier League and spring up a few surprises against the big boys, but does their squad have a Rooney, Aguero, Hazard or Gerrard?Obviously not.
They cannot pull this off consistently is what my point is, they might do it for one season, but they will not be able to do it continuously for a period of five-six years. The absence of Champions League quality players was brutally exposed in the defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool when they were trashed 4-0 on both the occasions.
All in all,the fairytale run of Everton is good enough for the Premier League and maybe the Europa League too, but for a competition like the Champions League, I think Everton still have a long long way to go.
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