David Moyes admits the depth of his Everton squad will make it hard to produce a top-four finish this season.
The Toffees sit fifth on the league table after 17 matches but the Scotsman is well aware that maintaining that output for the entire season with a small playing group will be difficult.
Moyes was particularly worried about the state of his attacking players.
"We know that we have not got the strongest squad," he said in the wake of the 1-1 draw with Stoke City on the weekend. "We are certainly short. We don't have an awful lot.
"With Kevin Mirallas out and Victor Anichebe, we were very limited. We couldn't change the forward players really.
“We have got young players and brought on Ross Barkley. But we have not got enough in the forward areas at the moment. We missed Kevin Mirallas, who gives us something else."