Whilst an impressive 2-1 win against Arsenal may have Evertonian spirits high this week, the Toffees’ season has started to reach a rather underwhelming standstill after an emphatic start under new boss Ronald Koeman.
Ever since David Moyes’ departure in 2013, after 11 successive campaigns as boss, Everton have lacked consistency and, ultimately, results.
Every Everton fan dreams of a top five finish and sees it as a realistic goal for the side. However, it has only been reached once in the last seven years.
The first time the Toffees reached the top five was in 2004-05, when they came fourth, which is also their highest Premier League finish to date.
That side was clinical, defensively stable and, most importantly, consistent.
Shoot!‘s Toby Bryant looks at what the members of that European qualifying squad are up to now in 2016 whilst Everton languish in eighth.
The following line-up is taken from the 2-0 win over Newcastle United in May 2005, which ensured Everton’s top four finish…