After four wins from their first five league games, Everton fans would be forgiven for dreaming big about the upcoming Premier League season.
However, it hasn’t quite been plain sailing since then for the Toffees under new manager Ronald Koeman, who replaced the sacked Roberto Martinez in the summer.
Koeman’s men have won just one of their last seven league games, and have suffered disappointing defeats to Burnley, Bournemouth, and Chelsea.
The 5-0 loss to Antonio Conte’s Blues was a stark reminder that Koeman still had some way to go to get his Everton team where he wants them, although his decision to play a back three at Stamford Bridge is probably not one he’ll repeat any time soon.
Nonetheless, the Toffees are seventh in the table, level on points with Manchester United, and travel to Koeman’s old club Southampton on Sunday looking for their first away league win since September 12.
Everton’s stuttering form has increased speculation about who Koeman may look to sign in January, with certain areas of the pitch in need of strengthening.
Koeman has at times utilised a 4-3-3 formation this season, so here is the dream Everton front three, including one key January target…