Everton boss David Moyes is hopeful his side can avoid their traditional early season troubles and make continue their strong start to the new campaign.
The Toffees are famous for their slow starts and have often missed out on European football due to their poor early season form which often sees them at the bottom end of the table following the opening few rounds of fixture.
Their inconsistency has led to Moyes trying a whole host of different methods to change their fortunes and admits he has once again made a number of tweaks to their pre-season preparations over the last couple of months.
However, he believes what will be more significant in the opening months, will be the influx of new stars into his squad following the signings of two potential key players, in Steven Pienaar and Steven Naismith.
The Scottish boss has often struggled to bring fresh blood to Goodison Park in the last few years due to the club’s difficult financial situation.
Everton overcame probably the toughest possible start to the season when they shocked many who bet on sport with a 1-0 win against Manchester United on Monday, but Moyes is confident the new signings can help get his side off to a flyer.
“Over the years we have had many strange starts to the season, mainly not particularly good ones, but you can’t dismiss where we tend to finish,” Moyes told news sport networks.
“Where we tend to finish is where most people and pundits would probably put Everton.
“We will try to get off to a good start and try to be up at the top if we can but the opposition we have got are very hard.
“I was excited with the way we finished last season and I have roughly the same team and that gives me good optimism,” he added.