Well-known pundit Gary Neville has poured huge praise on new Everton boss Rafa Benitez, with the Blues so far undefeated under his reign at Goodison Park.
The former Liverpool boss has led his side to victories over Southampton and Brighton in the league along with a Carabao Cup win over Huddersfield despite the club spending less than £2 million on transfer fees.
Having also secured a point in a 2-2 draw with Leeds, Benitez has brought plenty of cause for optimism back to Goodison Park and with a few new faces to boot; Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray have played notable roles, with Salomon Rondon brought in to cover for Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
“Rafa Benitez, I didn’t quite understand bringing him to Everton but I never had any doubts that he would make Everton a far greater force in the Premier League this season,” Neville said.
“It’s been a frustrating Goodson Park for many years now in terms of underperforming, underachieving. They don’t expect to win the league but they do expect to be competing for the European places and Champions League places.
“I do think these players that he’s got here are better than they’ve shown in the last two years, I’ve always thought there’s a glimpse with Everton even going back to Marco Silva’s time but no manager has been able to get that system that way of playing and get the maximum out of them.
“He [Benitez] will, I’m absolutely sure of that.”
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Ahead of Monday night’s kick-off against Burnley, fans will be jubilant at the prospect of picking up ten points in just four games.
It would represent an incredibly formidable start to life at Goodison Park for a much-maligned manager once the victim of abuse for his Liverpool past from some sections of Everton fans.
He is swiftly proving to be a shrewd gamble and is taking great strides in winning over his doubters.
Neville is right; fans don’t expect to win the league – just to see tangible signs of dependability and positive results on the pitch, which Benitez is delivering to the letter thus far.