Does this statistic symbolise Everton's underachievement this season?

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In front of goal Everton rank among the best, but that is not reflected in their league position.

It's fair to say that it has been a pretty odd Premier League season. Leicester City are in the driving seat for the title, Chelsea had a horrid start to the season, there have been some surprising managerial changes and it looks as though it could be a pretty low points total to crown the champions; plus there are currently nine points separating the final Champions League spot currently occupied by Manchester City to Everton in 11th place.

The reason that I mention 11th-placed Everton and not the sides bunched behind them is primarily because of the focus on Everton's squad - blessed with attacking talent with some suggesting it's the best side since their title winning days in the mid to late 80s. That particular opinion would appear to carry weight given the list of the leading sides in front of goal this season, as shown below:

  GoalsAppearances
Leicester 51 28
Everton 49 27
Tottenham 49 28
Man City 48 27
Arsenal 44 28

It's staggering that a club with just one side ahead of them in terms of goal-scoring - the league leaders - is sitting in 11th place in the league standings.

With a side that has the goal-scoring threat they have, and one of the league's top scorers in Romelu Lukaku, there is an incredible amount of attacking capability in that side.

Some might say it's down to bad defending, but even with a side with the fifth best goal-difference in the league, they shouldn't be operating in the bottom half of the table.

The company Everton are keeping when it comes to scoring goals is up there with the top four - maybe that's the sort of ballpark Roberto Martinez's side should be operating in this season.

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