Manager Marco Silva praised his side’s performance, saying: “It was a good competitive match and we deserved the three points. We started well and I didn’t like the way we conceded, but we always showed a fantastic reaction.”
But can they qualify for the Champions League next season? With two wins, a draw and a loss during their first four games, Everton currently sits at number 6th in the Premier League. Silva has been really clear about his targets for the club since summer; he’s looking for a better performance for the team than last term and the kind of placement that will see Everton competing in the Champions League next season.
So far they’ve shown potential, with premier league bets being placed in their favour. But it’s the upcoming games that will really decide the fate of the team, and whether or not they’ll reach the coveted top four qualifying spot.
Their next game against Bournemouth will be a good indicator of how the season will transpire. Everton have yet to beat Bournemouth in the league away from home since their promotion; an away game win will show real improvement in their form.
A following home game against Sheffield United should prove successful. With two wins on their home turf, Everton have had a good show so far this season. But Sheffield United aren’t going to make things easy for them — and it will establish whether or not their streak at home is one the rest of the league needs to worry about.
The September 24 League Cup against the Sheffield Wednesday will be defining for Everton. It’s an opportunity for the club to win a trophy that they’ve yet to secure; and with a barren spell in terms of silverware, a League Cup triumph could be exactly the motivator they need to get to a Champions League qualifying spot for next season. Slow but steady
With a number 6 position following their first four games, Everton has a strong chance at holding their own this season in the Premier League with a real opportunity to make some historical moves for the club.