April 13, 2024

Everton recorded their fourth consecutive league win with a 2-0 victory over Burnley and their strong run of form is not going unnoticed.

The Toffees recovered the 10 points that were deducted from them earlier in the season thanks to goals from Michael Keane and Amadou Onana, who also made sure that the squad stayed out of the bottom three. Not only was it Everton’s fourth consecutive clean sheet, but Sean Dyche would have been ecstatic to see his team back at Turf Moor.

The Blues are currently seven points ahead of the relegation zone after their last three wins. Actually, though, Everton has accumulated 26 points thus far this season, tying them with Brighton in ninth position.

Following the final whistle in Lancashire, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp and former Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen were quick to give Dyche and his players their plaudits. Redknapp highlighted that, in an ordinary season, Everton would have started to be viewed as contenders to qualify for European football.

“If they didn’t have that 10-point deduction, we’d probably be talking about them pushing for Europe,” he explained. “That’s how well they’re playing. They’re so well-organised, they know what they’re doing.

“They’re in a fantastic position right now – the manager, the players – and they’re playing with a great energy. You can see the confidence and belief in everything they’re trying to do right now.”

While many outside observers, and perhaps even Everton supporters, would claim that the points deduction has been the catalyst for the Toffees’ upturn in form, it should not diminish how impressive the team has responded to adversity. Redknapp’s comments came after Christiansen had provided broader reasons for fans to be optimistic about the club.

“They look like a proper good Premier League team and look like they can play out of a press,” Christiansen said. “They’ve got a wealth of players across the squad that can come in and do a job just as well as the preferred starting XI would do.

“I think these are all the signs of a team heading in the right direction. I don’t think they’ll be getting too ahead of themselves, especially with Sean Dyche, he’ll keep them very well-grounded, but they’re starting to look ahead now.

“I can actually see patterns of play emerging, progress within the football club and [they’re building] a new stadium. I think it’s an exciting time right now.”

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