Everton have not started the season well but are only eight points off Liverpool in fifth. Is it really a write off already?
Mason Holgate of Everton and his teammates look dejected after the UEFA Europa League group E match against Olympique Lyon.
It would be fair to say that Everton have failed to achieve what was expected of them in pre-season during the first third of the new campaign.
After spending a record £144.9m (Telegraph) on new players over the summer, a poor run of form sees them 16th in the Premier League table and out of the Europa League after just four games.
David Unsworth, caretaker manager of Everton, gives his team instructions during the Premier League match against Watford.
It was a series of results that cost Ronald Koeman his job as manager and as yet a permanent successor has not been found, with David Unsworth having overseen first team duties on a caretaker basis for the past four outings.
This disappointing showing from a Toffees team hoping to make a real go of breaking into the top six this term has lead many to believe that just avoiding relegation should be the target.
Yet is 2017/18 already a write off? The Merseysiders are admittedly only two points outside the relegation zone, but confidence has been boosted by coming back from 2-0 down to beat Watford 3-2 in their last match before the current international break.
Leighton Baines of Everton celebrates scoring his side's third goal with his teammates during the Premier League match against Watford.
Unsworth's side are also only eight points off Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley and the European places, a substantial gap but one that can easily be made up with 27 league fixtures still remaining.
Not only that but after a difficult run that has seen the club play five of last year's top six already, they have less daunting games coming up against Crystal Palace (a), Southampton (a), West Ham United (h) and Huddersfield Town (h).
Things have not gone well so far at Goodison Park and much improvement is needed, but to suggest it can't be turned around would be churlish.