The Toffees have begun the campaign in impressive fashion, recording victories over Chelsea and Southampton before completing a memorable come-from-behind win at West Bromwich Albion.
With 12 points from their opening seven matches and their talented squad intact, Everton supporters have every reason to feel confident about this weekend’s Merseyside derby plus the challenges ahead.
Royle, a former player and manager at Goodison Park, spoke confidently of his beloved side on Talksport, explaining: “If we can get a settled side – and I’m sure the manager has in mind what his best side is at the moment and what he would like to play – I think we have a great chance of challenging this year.“
I looked at the start we had which included Southampton away, Man City, Spurs away, Chelsea – it looked a hard start.”
Is the top four realistic?
Considering the wealth and riches now available to Premier League clubs, there may not be a better time to crack the top four when considering the following factors.
Everton have managed to hold on to their better players, with the likes of Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman and of course John Stones all capable of playing at the very top level.
With Chelsea and Arsenal looking vulnerable, Liverpool underwhelming and Tottenham Hotspur inconsistent, there could be a top four spot available for a number of clubs to aim for.
There is huge amounts of quality in Everton’s ranks and if they manage to avoid any serious long-term injuries, the avoidance of European football could also play right into their hands.