Roberto Martinez was busy in the off-season, adding seven new faces to his squad, but how have they fared to date?
Everton may well have switched managers over the off-season but are showing no ill-effects of missing David Moyes this term.
The Goodison Park outfit are looking like real contenders for a top-four place, with the new men added to the squad playing a key role in the assault – here is how they have fared so far.
Romelu Lukaku – 8/10
The fact that Chelsea allowed the powerful Belgian to leave Stamford Bridge came as a shock to many, but the Toffees are benefiting as a result.
Lukaku has scored nine Premier League goals already and looks capable of getting the goals that can see Everton as real contenders for a Champions League qualification place.
Is constantly improving and continues to score, Lukaku will surely be a key feature at Chelsea next season.
Gareth Barry – 9/10
The experienced midfielder has looked reinvigorated on Merseyside following a loan move from Manchester City, and has been the orchestrator of an impressive Everton side while in possession.
His presence in the boiler room has been a key feature for the side, and Barry looks back to his best. A place in England’s World Cup squad would be no surprise as a result.
Arouna Kone – 5/10
The 30-year-old striker has had a torrid time at his new club due to injuries, and is yet to start a game in the Premier League for Martinez’s men, making only five appearances from the bench.
Could be a wildcard in the Everton attack, but the Goodison fans are unlikely to see much of him this season due to a long-term injury.
Antolin Alcaraz – 7/10
Started his time at Everton with a frustrating injury, but has returned to the first-team to deputise for the injured Phil Jagielka.
Questions were asked over whether the former Wigan man was good enough to play for Everton, but so far he has proved his doubters wrong with some strong displays that have nullified the impact of the England international’s absence.
Has picked up another frustrating injury, but has the ability to fight for a first-team place upon his return.
Joel Robles – 6/10
The Spaniard was always going to be a back-up to Tim Howard, and as such has had limited opportunities to play. However, when called upon Robles has filled in well and could be one for the long-term future.
Gerard Deulofeu – 8/10
Initially introduced to English football slowly, the Barcelona loanee dazzled the Goodison Park faithful once given the chance to play consistently.
The attacking midfielder’s individual skill, vision and eye for the back of the net make him a superstar of tomorrow. The fact that he got injured was a real blow to Roberto Martinez’s men, but the Spanish playmaker will give the Toffees a boost in the final third of the campaign when he is back available.
James McCarthy – 8/10
Many questioned whether McCarthy was worth such a considerable fee when Everton signed him from relegated Wigan, but the Republic of Ireland international has fitted in seamlessly in the centre of the Everton midfield.
McCarthy is benefiting from having the experienced Barry alongside him, and along with Ross Barkley Everton have two of the most promising young midfielders in the Premier League at their disposal.
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