Underdogs no more

“Roberto had a dream, to build a football team, he saved his money and spent it all in one go. We build from the back, with Rom in attack. The School of Science it’s certainly back.”

Today is set to be a pivotal point in Everton’s history. David Moyes created a brand when he gave Everton “The People’s Club” tag and it has served us well. However, while the principles of that remain and perhaps are stronger than ever it is Nil Satis Nisi Optimum that is at the forefront of Evertonian minds. Many said when last season finished that we would struggle next season. After all did we not excel solely due to our loan deals? Fortunately, many are about to be proved wrong.

Roberto Martinez insisted when NSNO and other fan media met him at the close of the season that we would start the next season in a stronger position. Something I have learned quickly in meeting with him is that he is a man of his word. While Evertonian’s were flapping as other teams overspent on average players while we secured Tony Hibbert to another year, Martinez refused to be rushed stating over and over again that he would bring the right people of quality to Everton. The first of these was Gareth Barry, a player massively important to us last term. After some protracted negotiations Martinez showed that his World Cup scouting/commentary mission was worthwhile as he stole a march on our rivals by signing promising midfielder Muhamed Besic for what is believed to be a very low fee. A new contract for Ross Barkley showed that we would not be letting our young talents go but it is the confirmation of Romelu Lukaku’s capture that is the real statement from Everton that they mean business.

Many have said that we couldn’t afford Lukaku, they said we couldn’t match his ambitions yet he has arrived on a five year deal that shows the Premier League that this season, Everton are not to be messed with. Everloan no longer exists if it ever did and Roberto Martinez has demonstrated in dramatic fashion that there is a way to compete.

Of course we haven’t achieved anything yet but it’s July 30th and there is so much more to come. This is the strongest team we have had since the 1980’s and it’s time for people to sit up and take notice. The School of Science isn’t on it’s way back, it’s here and it’s here to stay.

Can Everton now lose the “underdogs” tag?

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Dave Martin

Lower Bullens as a child, Gwladys Street as an Adult and now in Family Enclosure with the new generation. Was there in 95 and hope I will be there at some point in the future.

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