PHOTOS: Everton's best moments of 2014

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Wins in the Europa League, against Arsenal and their transfer dealings all feature.

Everton went into the New Year full of optimism after a great start to the season under new boss Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard had reinvented the way Everton played under previous boss David Moyes, with a bigger emphasis on passing and possession football. It appeared to pay off into the New Year as they went unbeaten for the opening five games of the year.

But Everton then went on a surge of results in the spring. They won six Premier League games on the bounce, scoring 15 goals in the process. One of the results included a resounding 3-0 win over Arsenal - which made Everton the favourites for the final Champions League spot.

The performances of players such as Romelu Lukaku, the emergence of John Stones and the continued demonstration of raw talent by Ross Barkley left Everton fans in no doubt, this was their year.

Meanwhile, at full-back, the performances of Seamus Coleman and Leighton Baines continued to earn the rightful plaudits.

After falling short in pursuit of Champions League football the summer saw Martinez look to improve the depth of the team. They snapped up Romelu Lukaku in a club record £28 million deal while Gareth Barry also signed a permanent contract after a loan spell. Muhammed Besic and Brendan Galloway also arrived while footballing legend Samuel Eto'o proved a shrewd purchase.

Everton took to Europa League football well. They comfortably won their group with a game to spare after comfortable wins against Wolfsburg home and away as well as Lille at Goodison Park - giving fans hope of a potential run in Europe.

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