Blues can finish in top four- Royle
Former Everton manager Joe Royle believes that if they can avoid major injuries they can finish in the Premier League's top four.
The 63-year-old was the last man to bring silverware to Goodison Park when his side won the FA Cup in 1995 and he has been impressed with Everton's positive start to the new campaign.
The ex-Blues striker insists Everton are on the right track to breaking into the top four for the first time since 2005, after a period of stability under David Moyes and some good dealings in this summer's transfer window.
The Toffees have made a faltering start to their Premier League campaigns over the past few years but Royle believes re-signing Steven Pienaar could be the difference this time round.
Royle said: "Everton are looking strong. They are certainly a solid bet for the top six and if they can get their best team out every week and find some rhythm and continuity then you can't rule out the top four.
"The Manchester clubs have had funny starts and are conceding goals while Arsenal, Tottenham have made changes and don't look overly convincing.
"I think there is an awful lot to be optimistic about for Everton.
"Pienaar just brings everyone on with him," he says. "He has always been terrific with Baines but I have never seen Fellaini in better form and both Osman and Gibson are thriving too."