Everton were not at their best today - or indeed the heady standards they have recently set for themselves in performances against Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
However, that being said, they still came away from Goodison Park today with all three points and a resounding 4-1 victory over Fulham.
That result takes them to fourth place in the Premier League table - and just four points off of league leaders Arsenal after 16 games.
The fans are already starting to ask the question … David who?
Roberto Martinez has assembled a team capable of playing real first-class football at Goodison with the arrivals of James McCarthy, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu looking inspired, while the likes of Kevin Mirallas, Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley have also improved under the new regime.
But as we approach the halfway point in the season one question has to be asked … are they title contenders?
If it was Manchester United in the same position they would be expected to challenge for the title - but while many people agree that Everton will be there or thereabouts for the top four this season the same cannot be said about the title race.
Except for one former Liverpool striker.
Michael Owen scored 158 goals in 297 games for Liverpool between 1996-97 and 2003-04 but the Merseysider actually grew up an Everton fan before becoming a Liverpool follower after joining the club.
But he is in no doubt today that Everton should not be discounted from the title hunt this season - despite not winning any silverware since 1995, and not winning the domestic title since 1987:
City worthy favs. Arsenal leading and look good. Chelsea playing average but can't discount. Liverpool lurking but need best players back...— michael owen (@themichaelowen) December 14, 2013
Everton definitely in the mix and you'd be brave to write them off. Spurs hanging in there and need a result tomorrow. All to play for!— michael owen (@themichaelowen) December 14, 2013
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