Everton's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their first goal with Everton manager Ronald Koeman
It's been a solid start to life under Ronald Koeman for Everton, but their early season blitz has given way to a period of stagnation with just one win in their last seven games.
The Toffees are expected to do better than last season's horror show which saw them flounder at the wrong end of the table and proved to be Roberto Martinez' last season in charge.
And all signs point to green shoots of recovery for a club that should be consistently challenging for the top six every single year such is the profile and talent Everton have.
Memphis Depay celebrates scoring against Luxembourg
But among their ranks is the potential to add a few more faces to a squad bankrolled by Farhad Moshiri with Memphis Depay the biggest name to be linked with Koeman's side (Mail) after he expressed his interest in the out-of-favour Manchester United winger.
With January additions looking incredibly likely to push Everton towards European football next season, here are three Premier League stars who could do no wrong in making the move to Merseyside in the new year.
Harry Arter - Bournemouth
Everton came up close and personal to Harry Arter in their 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth in September and the tenacious midfielder would be an excellent signing to add energy and bite in the middle of the park.
With Gareth Barry winding down and James McCarthy failing to recover his best form, Arter would work well with Idrissa Gueye in making Everton more compact and tougher to break down.
Recently making his bow for the Republic of Ireland and hailed by Jack Wilshere as one of the best midfielders he's played alongside, a move for the 26-year-old to a bigger side is expected in the very near future.
Liverpool's Oviemuno Ejaria in action with Tottenham's Kieran Trippier
Kieran Trippier - Tottenham Hotspur
Signed from Burnley last summer to add competition to Kyle Walker's right back spot, Kieran Trippier's arrival has succeeded in making Walker play out of his skin and cement his place as England's first choice right back.
And that's not good news for Trippier who has failed to start in the Premier League this season.
The 26-year-old's signature would give Koeman a useful alternative to Seamus Coleman who has seen his form slide in recent years due to a lack of able competition.
Trippier's delivery would be lapped up by Romelu Lukaku and the Spurs full-back would stand a much better chance of breaking into the first team picture at Goodison Park.
Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gestures
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal
Expected to depart the Emirates sooner rather than later, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should take a leaf out of Jack Wilshere's book and see that the grass can be greener than in North London.
Five goals already represents his best ever season at Arsenal, but he's only started one of the last seven Premier League games and doesn't look like earning a recall to the England side any time soon.
The only thing consistent about the 23-year-old is his rate of injuries but on his day he's an explosive and powerful player who needs to be playing regularly to get the best out of him.
With Koeman keen on Depay, why not take another lost winger under his arm who's more experienced with English football?
Everton manager Ronald Koeman
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