Everton the most dangerous side for opposition to face in the Premier League?

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Everton have had more shots per game this season than any other Premier League club.

Roberto Martinez' arrival at Everton was expected to signal a more attacking game for the Toffees, and so far it appears to be working out that way.

Everton top the table when it comes to having the most shots per game this season, the ninth highest of any team in Europe.

Over the opening Premier League games, with Everton facing Norwich, West Brom and Cardiff, they have fired in an average of a staggering 18.3 shots per game.

This has kept opposition goalkeepers busier than ever, but it has not translated into goals, with Everton scoring just two in a 2-2 draw against Norwich ahead of consecutive goalless draws.

Tottenham (17.7) and Manchester City (16) are the nearest to them. Rivals Liverpool, who recorded 25 shots in their opener against Stoke have seen their goal threat reduced since then, with 13 shots per game on average.

Not that the Reds will mind. The key statistic is of course the three 1-0 wins they have recorded which sits them top of the Premier League table with maximum points.

So how wasteful are Everton? Well the Toffees have been both that, and unfortunate too. Great goalkeeping on the part of Ben Foster miraculously denied them a win at the Hawthorns in their second match.

Around one-third of Everton's efforts were on target, an average of six shots on target per match out of an average of 18.3 attempts.

Compared to fellow Premier League teams they are joint second in this category with Arsenal, behind Manchester City who have recorded an average of seven shots on target per game.

Leading Everton's pressure on goal is youngster Ross Barkley, who has had more shots than any other (13) scoring of the the club's two goals, and winning an England call-up for his efforts.

The departed Marouane Fellaini has had five unsuccessful efforts on goal, showing his part in the attack, but not a crucial one which cannot be replaced.

You would think that Everton's new more expansive game would pay dividends sooner rather than later, and those players not on international duty will be getting called in for extra shooting practice to boost their accuracy.

New signing Arouna Kone has made just three substitute appearances so far, and not yet mustered a shot on goal during his brief time on the pitch.

He will hope that his chance will now come, with regular starter Nikola Jelavic failing to find the net in his opening games. That, or new loan signing Romelu Lukaku may just be the answer and the man to unlock this Everton side's potential.

Everton fans what do you make of the season so far, will the goals come?

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