Everton’s on loan striker Romelu Lukaku believes they are in with a chance of winning the title after their impressive start to the season has left them five points behind Arsenal in fourth place.
Without doubt Everton have made great strides in the infancy of Roberto Martinez’s reign at Goodison Park which has led them to be contenders for the Champions League spots – and there are those who dare to dream of a first league title for the Toffees since 1987.
With the league tight at the top in the first half of the season, several sides including Everton have every right to think they have got a chance of pulling off a shock at the top.
Lukaku said, as reported by The Mirror: ‘You can say we are outsiders for the title now, you don’t need to by shy about that.
‘If we are more ruthless we will end definitely in the top four, definitely. We have two losses and a lot of wins. In the games we drew we weren’t ruthless enough, so if you change that and become more ruthless it becomes more wins and then we are up there. I am not surprised we are top four contenders.’
Given the changes seen at Everton at the start of the season going into September, then nor should the rest of the league with the experience that has arrived to the club, the change in approach in terms of how positive the side is in their play – added with a little more depth means that the Everton that finished 6th last season should in theory improve up the table.
Like the rest of the sides, they keep their best players fit and keep the momentum going they have generated from early on in the season then there is no reason why they can’t be considered title challengers.
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