Turf Moor

Next Game

Burnley v Everton

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Last Game

Lille 0 - 0 Everton

Thursday, 23 October 2014, 18:00

Europa League Group H

Distin hails Everton balance

Sylvain Distin believes Everton are working with a more 'balanced' squad, which has allowed them to enjoy a fine start to the 2013/14 campaign.

Last Updated: 04/11/13 at 20:44 Post Comment

Sylvain Distin: Believes Everton are capable of challenging for a top-four finis

Sylvain Distin: Believes Everton are capable of challenging for a top-four finis

The Toffees have brushed off the departure of David Moyes after 11 years at the helm to position themselves among the Premier League front-runners under Roberto Martinez.

Just one defeat has been suffered so far, with 18 points collected from nine fixtures.

That return leaves them just four adrift of table-topping Arsenal, and Distin believes Martinez has the quality at his disposal to quick on - providing key men stay fit and clear of suspension.

The French defender, who has spent four years at Goodison Park, told the Liverpool Echo: "I don't think we've got a hugely bigger squad, but it's more balanced now.

"I'd say the main difference from last season is that we've got players who can come on and change the game.

"Last season we had young players on the bench, and some had never played in the Premier League.

"That's crucial and the two loan players (Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku) have changed us too."

On Everton's chances of breaking back into the top four after several years spent knocking on the door, Distin added: "We've had a good squad for a while and always been at the edge of breaking into that top four. I don't think it's the first season we've done well.

"The difference is that we started really well this season, whereas most seasons we start quite average and then finish well.

"The most important thing is not where we are now, it's where we end up. We know we've got some tough games coming. We need to keep it going."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

La Liga: Real Madrid take on Barcelona in first El Clasico of the season

Real Madrid face Barcelona this weekend in the first El Clasico of the season, with Luis Suarez set to make his debut.

Europa League: Tottenham's Argentinian winger Erik Lamela revels in rabona strike

Tottenham winger Erik Lamela has admitted his spectacular ‘rabona’ strike is the best goal he has scored in his career.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers calls on Liverpool to improve at the back

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his under-fire team to improve on the defensive side of the game.

Mail Box

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

Dropping Jack And Pity For Poor Alexis...

We have lots more mails about Liverpool (is Brendan the naked emperor?) and Arsenal. One reader feels sorry for Alexis Sanchez while one wants Wilshere dropped...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property