Everton have always been dubbed as a 'small club' by football fans across the country over the years, which I think wrongly of.
It's obvious Liverpool fans are always going to disagree on this article given the rivalry between the two teams, but sometimes it's a positive to be able to look beyond that and recognise the fantastic work and tactics at Goodison Park.
In my opinion, Everton have been the best team for getting their business done over the last ten years or so. David Moyes, the Manchester United flop, did a fantastic job at Everton with certain signings and helped them to progress to a European spot completing squad.
Players always come and go from the Toffees, either due to loans or to join another team within the recognisable top four category. They have made large profits on players such as Wayne Rooney, Mikel Arteta, Joleon Lescott, Jermaine Beckford and Jack Rodwell. They have also picked up superb youngsters at bargain prices, such as Seamus Coleman. He was signed for Everton for a fee of around £150,000 from the Irish league, and has gone on to prove himself as one of the best young full-backs in the Premier League this campaign.
As much as I find Moyes' work at the club so outstanding, I can't help but feel that he has been holding Everton back over the last few seasons.
Admittedly he almost made it guaranteed that Everton would be able to consistently finish in the top half of the table every year, but after Roberto Martinez' appointment last summer the Blues are for the first time in a while in good contention for a place in the Champions League.
Some more smart signings such as loan deals with Romelu Lukaku, Gareth Barry and Gerard Deulofeu have really proved to be worthwhile. All of these players have played a significant role in helping Everton get off to a brilliant first half of the season.
Being a Liverpool fan, I would want to see us finish above the Blues this season which is an extra target every single year.
However I do enjoy seeing other teams in the area succeed and I would like to see Everton do well. Two Merseyside teams in the Champions League would hopefully get football in the city of Liverpool back on track, and where it should be for sure.
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