Everton's imposing early season form is something David Moyes has been desperate to coax from his side for a number of years.
So accustomed to sprinting for the finish line having struggled their way to Christmas, the fact the Toffees for once seem sufficiently innervated at this time of year has caused optimism around the club to soar.
January has recently been a vital period for Everton. Indeed last year it was crucial as vital new additions provided impetus on the field and helped shake off some typically sporadic autumn form.
This season, if Moyes can keep this current level of play going over the next few weeks, he may not need to rely on January quite as much, although a couple of additions could still prove timely.
Unlikely to be able to spend freely, as per usual, Moyes may still be able to line up a couple of cheaper deals and peruse through the non-permanent markets, with Everton's loan quota remaining unfilled.
Looking ahead to January, here are the five most pressing concerns the Toffees may look to address.