Former Everton striker Louis Saha believes his former club are looking in great shape at the moment, but isn’t back them to crack the top four.
The Toffees have made a dream start to 2020/21, winning all but one of their first five league matches, and sealing a place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are sitting pretty at the top of the pile, one point ahead of Aston Villa in second and three ahead of third-placed rivals Liverpool.
It’s been a remarkable beginning, with Everton’s new signings making a world of difference.
But the question is whether they can sustain this new level.
In the eyes of Saha, who spent four years at Goodison Park from 2008 to 2012, Everton will come up just short of the Champions League spots come the end of the season.
“I think they’ve improved through being more consistent, and I hope they can carry on keeping this consistency going through the season, keep it up,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I think it is probably still too early for them to challenge the top four – if they get one or two injuries, then it might affect them a little bit. The top four still have bigger and better squads.
“I think they’ll finish just outside the top four.”
TBR’s View – Time will tell, but Everton currently in great shape
It’s still very early, but Everton look a different animal compared to last term.
They have bought very well, and seem perfectly placed to bang in lots of goals.
The key will be how good they can be defensively, and how well they can manage set-pieces which has been a real thorn in their side in recent times.
They also need their best players like Allan, James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to stay fit, or else they probably will just miss out as Saha predicts.