For the first time in several transfer windows, David Moyes was able to revive his squad in 2012, bringing in Nikica Jelavic, Darron Gibson, Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas.
With these new additions, Moyes still uses his familiar 4-4-1-1 system, sometimes shifting to 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2, but with better players now at his disposal he has also been able to advance his side's approach.
Not only emphasising possession and passing more, Everton have also been far more willing to be the aggressor this season, looking to attack rather than simply work out how to suppress an opponent, due to limited resources.
This progress is reflected by Opta Stats from EPL Index that show Everton to have had more shots than every side they have faced this season. They have also had more possession in seven out of nine matches and created more chances in all but one.
In Everton's current line-up, many feel a combative midfielder and a more gifted passer would better suit the Toffees, instead of Leon Osman and Phil Neville, who have been used together in central midfield.
This may be so, however once Darron Gibson returns from injury, alongside Osman, the Toffees have a far better core, and with the option of Fellaini dropping back in the middle as well, it makes more sense for Moyes to look elsewhere.
Wider players have been the key this season, as those in the middle look to simply spread the play and give those on the flanks an opportunity for a two-on-one. With this the foundation of the Toffees' play so far, this may well be where Moyes looks for further expansion.