There is a reason David Moyes currently boasts the third longest tenure in charge of a Premier League club. That reason is consistent top half finishes and multiple European campaigns, all with very limited resources.
Some very shrewd business over the years has cemented Everton’s place amongst the Premier League’s top eight clubs and by the end of this coming season, we could be lauding another few displays of brilliance by the Scot.
The Toffees’ first move this summer was to tie down Steven Pienaar to a four-year contract from Tottenham.
The heart of most of Everton’s attacking play in the second half of last season makes his return to Goodison after a brief spell in North London.
Moyes has also brought in his compatriot Steven Naismith on a free transfer from Rangers. The 25-years old Scotland international can occupy many roles for Everton up front when he is fully fit after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last October.
Once fit, he could prove a lethal partner to his former Rangers teammate Nikica Jelavic. Naismith’s compact size, attacking prowess and an eye for the goal make him a like for like replacement for the recently departed Tim Cahill.
The Merseysiders have had to deal with a few key departures. In addition to Cahill, they saw young England midfielder Jack Rodwell join champions Manchester City while Louis Saha joined Sunderland and long serving defender Joseph Yobo moved on to Fenerbahce.
It will be interesting to see how Moyes uses the remainder of the estimated £15 million recouped from the Rodwell sale, with Belgium international forward Kevin Mirallas already signed for £5.3 million.
With Moyes’ leadership and a squad featuring the likes of Jelavic, Naismith, Pienaar, Mirallas, Leighton Baines, Marouane Fellaini, and Tim Howard, a top eight finish for the Goodison Park outfit seems to be a very safe bet.