Is Martinez right, can Everton finish in the top 4?


Following a great start to the season Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes that his side can finish in the top 4 but is that a fair assessment?

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has today broken his silence over the start of the season and revealed that his team’s goal is to break into the Premier League's top four.

The Toffee’s have enjoyed strong start to the season, with the opposition finding them tough to break down and ultimately failing to take points away from the team in blue, after 10 games Everton fans will be delighted that they have only seen their side taste defeat once, and there is room for optimism for all involved with the club.

In Martinez’s latest comments he told reporters that when his side reached their full potential they have what it takes to challenge for top honours, he said: "I feel that the league is really competitive, every team wants to win. That creates big surprises and an increased level from every team.

"I don’t feel we've fulfilled our potential as a squad yet. When we do, the perception will be really positive."

Ever since the Spaniard arrived at Goodison Park in the close-season, fresh from leading Wigan Athletic to FA Cup glory, many things have changed, Marouane Fellaini has departed to join David Moyes at Manchester United and Martinez has spent wisely in the summer to secure the services of James McCarthy, Gareth Barry and striker Romelu Lukaku.

Martinez has also begun to change Everton's style of play and he is confident that, once they reach their full potential, they can challenge for a Champions League place.

Over the years as both a player and manager, Martinez has shown composure and doesn’t get ahead of himself, he is a confident man and I think it would be unfair to brush off his latest claims, only he knows the depth of the squad he possesses and if he thinks they can do it, then who are we to argue.

In my opinion I don't think anybody has spent their money better than Everton and in offloading Fellaini they look to have done a shrewd bit of business, with the Belgian under-performing for Manchester united of late.

In terms of how all of the premier League clubs have started, Everton look far more solid than most, they have achieved their early expectations and to be honest look far more likely to take points from other teams than to lose them.

Another reason why Martinez might be so confident is the structure of the team, at the back they are solid, Sylvain Distin looks composed, Leighton Baines offers a threat going forward and the communication between Tim Howard and his defence has improved greatly.

Overall the style of passing is far more fluid than in years gone by and the more patient build-up play they are using seem to create gaps and stretch defences allowing the likes of Lukaku to burst through and have an attempt on goal.

It may be that fourth is a bridge too far this season but if more money becomes available and they keep pressing forward then who knows what will happen,  the league is getting tighter and with the top teams swapping points with each other then there are opportunities for others to take advantage.

The calmness of the manager and the understanding of the difficult task at hand were displayed when he added: "We keep trying; we need to find a way to break into the top four.

"How long it takes, I don’t know.”

The Toffees currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League and are one point away from second placed Chelsea, they travel to Palace on Saturday afternoon with the London side struggling at the foot of the Premier League table then this looks sure to be a chance for three more points.

Everton fans, is Martinez right, can your team make it into the top 4 and carry on their great start to the season?

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