By Nick Ware

15th Sep, 2021 | 9:10pm

Andy Goldstein: Big four blow for Everton

Andy Goldstein believes the best Everton can dream of this season is a Europa League berth, despite a sensational start to their 2021/22 campaign.

Everton are unbeaten under new Blues boss Rafa Benitez, winning three of their first four Premier League games while ensuring safe passage into the next round of the League Cup.

Currently sat in fourth spot, Goldstein suggests they will not be there for much longer.

“The problem Everton have got is there are four teams that are much better than everyone else and they’re the obvious four, the Manchester clubs, Liverpool and Chelsea” he told talkSPORT [14/09/21].

Goldstein also delivered his verdict on Monday’s 3-1 win over Burnley.

He said: “The big thing from Everton fans was that they started with five at the back, [Ben] Godfrey went off and [Andre] Gomes came on and I think that’s when their shape totally changed,that’s when they looked like a completely different outfit.

“It was a game of two halves because the first half was appalling and in the second half they really did turn things around.”

Top-six the dream

No one seriously thinks Everton can claim a Champions League spot this season, but just to hear their name alongside the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City is evidence of the sterling work done by Benitez so far.

It’s certainly looking brighter at Goodison Park than it did earlier this year.

A 10th-placed finish under Carlo Ancelotti last season was a huge disappointment after an impressive start that saw them top the table for the opening weeks.

However, they slowly disintegrated and the brand of football was, well, bland.

With 10 goals in four Premier League games already, the early signs are promising, but last season’s experience will teach Blues that patience is required before making any assertions.

While the Champions League places look out of bounds, there is a chance of muscling in on the European spots with the likes of Arsenal and Leeds United, both of whom came above the Blues last season, currently toiling.

In other Everton news, the Blues have signed this attacker after a seven-figure deal was agreed.

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