Everton defender Sylvain Distin believes the club are now ready to once again compete for a Champions League place following a summer of change at Goodison Park.
Manager David Moyes has long been praised for his ability to make shrewd signings for knockdown prices and he appears to have once again repeated the trick in recent months, by bringing Scotland international Steven Naismith to Merseyside and permanently re-signing Steven Pienaar.
However, more importantly, he has had money to spend following the sale of Jack Rodwell to Manchester City and although the loss of the England international appears to be a blow to his squad, the Toffees are already well stocked in the engine room.
The extra money has allowed him to boost his attacking options by signing Belgian international Kevin Mirallas and he also added Bryan Oviedo, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and youngster Matthew Kennedy on transfer deadline day. Such was the tide of optimism sweeping over the blue of half Merseyside all the the betting news prior to the new season had tipped them for success.
They certainly lived up to their prediction in the opening weeks of the season, getting the campaign off to a flyer with some impressive early results and scores – including a 1-0 win over Manchester United – and are currently sixth in the Premier League heading into the international break.
Confidence is understandably high in the Goodison Park dressing room and Distin believes the busy summer at the club means they’re now ready to challenge for a top four place.
“When you see new players coming in you know everything is moving in the right direction and that is what every single player wants,” said Distin. “It’s a bit early to say this is the best squad during my time here.
“We need a bit of time for players to adapt and see how well they are going to do but I rarely remember the squad having so much quality.