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When football pundits are asked whether or not they think Everton can achieve a top four finish this season following their brilliant start (yeah, that's not a typo), most will immediately say that as good as their form has been, David Moyes' side won't be able to get into the promised land that is Champions League qualification.
But why not? Everton's squad consists of more than a few classy players, including Marouane Fellaini, Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar, Nikica Jelavic, Phil Jagielka, Leon Osman, Kevin Mirallas and more. They've got one of, I'd say, the top three managers in the league in David Moyes, a man who finds a way to do big things with small amounts of cash in the transfer market.
In my opinion, there are only two things stopping Everton from getting a top four finish, and those are squad depth and competition. The Premier League season is 38 games long, not six, and the same core of brilliant players will struggle to perform throughout the entire season the way they have been doing at the moment.
The second thing stopping Everton from finishing in the top four is simple. The competition for a Champions League spot is higher than ever, and it's hard to see either Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal out of the top four and Everton in. Keep in mind that that isn't even taking into account the likes of Liverpool, Spurs and Newcastle.
If there's any season where Everton will take it to the next level and rise from their usual eighth- and seventh-place finish, it's this one.