Sylvain Distin stopped short of saying this is the best Everton squad since he moved there, but he did reveal his excitement at the team’s potential
The close-season is usually a grim time for the Toffees as they are often forced to sell their best players with limited funds being released from the banks’ clutches in order to fund replacements.
That leads to a sluggish start when the action does kick-off, leaving them to much catching-up to do when they do re-discover their form. It is no surprise then that most Premier League predictions had tipped them to start slowly this time around.
There have been major departures once more this summer, but Joseph Yobo, Tim Cahill and Jack Rodwell are all not considered first-team players, leaving the core of the team intact.
With the money raised boss David Moyes has once again worked wonders, bringing in Steven Naismith, Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas, Bryan Oviedo, Matthew Kennedy and - bery late on deadline day - Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe on loan.
The boost that had given them contributed to a flying start that saw them beat Manchester United and then Aston Villa in their opening two games, though a 2-0 reverse at West Brom did bring them back down to earth. That said many punters betting on sports believe the Toffees could achieve something spectacular this season.
It could be the disappointing defeat at the Hawthorns that has strengthened Distin’s caution to go with his optimism, but he admits the positive feeling around the club makes a refreshing change after recent summer struggles.
"When you see new players coming in you know everything is moving in the right direction and that is what every single player wants," said Distin.
"It's a bit early to say this is the best squad during my time here.
"We need a bit of time for players to adapt and see how well they are going to do but I rarely remember the squad having so much quality.”