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Everton have reason to be optimistic going into new season

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A new and exciting era has begun at Everton Football Club.

The club, in the space of five months, have transformed into one that others fear. A club, in which, won't accept second best, and will battle the 'top clubs' in the Premier League who they'd previously looked towards in hope.

The financial gap is no longer an issue, minus Manchester City of course, and the club is set for a record-high transfer window spend, with a huge budget available. Times at Everton are exciting, the club now has a new lease of life and a fresh start.

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Here are three reasons why you should be excited as an Everton fan.

Farhad Moshiri

Moshiri bought 49.9% of the club back in February, which made him the majority shareholder, and since his introduction, he's acted ruthlessly but has also stayed quiet.

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A lot of fans will be happy for Moshiri to continue his work behind the scenes, leaving the media attention for Bill Kenwright and others around the club.

In March, just under a month after his investment, he appeared in front of the cameras with Kenwright after defeating Chelsea 2-0 in the FA Cup quarter-final. However, the Iranian didn't do much talking as he left that to Kenwright.

Now into the fifth month, Moshiri is in full swing - behind the scenes, of course.

Everton v Chelsea - The Emirates FA Cup Sixth Round

He sacked Martinez at the end of last season. He then moved onto a replacement, eventually appointing Ronald Koeman, who was his first choice throughout the whole process.

David Moyes, Frank de Boer, and Manuel Pellegrini were all heavily linked with the job, and much cheaper options than Koeman, but Moshiri got his man.

In the short period, Moshiri has been at Goodison Park, the 'nice underdogs' tag has well and truly been wiped by one man, a man who stated: 'I'll give Everton whatever I have'.

Ronald Koeman

As Moshiri's first choice, Koeman comes into the club with a big reputation that has excited Evertonians.

A legend with Barcelona, Ajax, and Dutch football as a whole, the former Southampton manager is one of the top managers in the Premier League and will no doubt improve the club on their previous failings under Martinez.

Southampton v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Everton found themselves falling behind, and would've risked falling further behind without the appointment of Koeman. A big appointment was needed with the introduction of Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte, who add to the likes of Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho, and Jurgen Klopp.

He comes into a squad with a lot of promising youngsters, some who remain targets for other clubs around Europe. However, it's clear the new manager has no plans of selling the club's star assets. When, on different occasions, asked about Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, he responded positively towards the players but said they need to improve.

From a very early stage it's clear to see Koeman won't settle, he'll push his players forward in terms of progression, unlike Martinez, who was happy with the younger players who seemed to think they were the finished article.

Southampton v Everton - Premier League

The frequent use of the word 'ambition', which had come to a halt under Martinez, in his first interview was very refreshing. There seems to be a new profound ambition at the club this year.

Incomings

The club has bid farewell to servants Tim Howard, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, and Tony Hibbert who have made a combined 1,404 appearances between them.

John Stones has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester City, whilst Lukaku has been vocal of potentially leaving Goodison Park this summer.

Whilst there has been, and may be more outgoings, this does mean there are to be players coming in as well.

Everton v Norwich City - Premier League

Moshiri confirmed there'd be a transfer budget of over £100million, with possible player sales added on, a figure Evertonians would've laughed off if suggested this time last year.

A 'marquee signing' is also on Moshiri's list, who is to be the figurehead of the club's transfer window, paving the way for more signings.

So far the club has signed just Maarten Stekelenburg, who is thought to be next season third-choice goalkeeper, a player Koeman trusts after spending the 2015/16 season with him at Southampton.

A number of high-profile players have been linked with Everton so far this summer, with Juan Mata, Axel Witsel, Morgan Schneiderlin, and most recently Kalidou Koulibaly the prominent.

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It would appear Koeman is unhappy with his central midfield options, whilst the latter suggests Stones could be on his way out.

Not only are players linked, but Everton have already tabled a £30m offer for Witsel which would make him the club's most expensive signing ever.

This transfer window will be exciting for Everton, players may go, but signings are inevitable.

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