Everton this season are on the brink of the Champions League, which would be a major success for them especially as it's Roberto Martinez's first season in charge of the club.
Their use of the loan system, which in recent times has been scrutinised, has in fact proved a great success.
Everton made three loan signings in Gareth Barry, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu this past summer.
Barry has had a successful career for Aston Villa, Manchester City and England, while Lukaku is showing his talents after a successful loan season at West Brom and has made Chelsea fans question why he is not seen as the main striker for their team. Deulofeu is upcoming too after a successful season for Barcelona B and was seen as getting experience vital to his future.
All three have played their part in Everton currently sitting in fourth place, with Lukaku having played in 25 games and scoring 13 goals. Barry and Deulofeu have also played key roles this season, and have notched up six goals between them.
These statistics alone are important to showing how important Everton have done this season, but of course it's a team effort. While these three have proven vital, others including Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines, Ross Barkley, James McCarthy and the January signing of Aiden McGeady, have only reinforced the team further as they have also had to manage with the injury of Bryan Oviedo who had been a shrewd summer signing too.
While the loan system has been scrutinised what has to be highlighted as well is that Everton may loaned in three players but in the summer they signed four, Arouna Kone, Joel, Antolin Alcaraz and James McCarthy.
Only McCarthy has been a significant player this season, the other three have been used sparingly.
Everton, in all aspects, have been shrewd. At the end of the day, what Everton have done deserves praise, as they were astute under David Moyes and that same ethos looks to be replicated under Roberto Martinez and it will be exciting to see just how they progress.
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