Everton legend Graeme Sharp is excited by the team David Moyes is building.
Sharp, a two-time title winner at the club in the 1980s, believes the seeds were sown by Moyes in January.
“The biggest factor was re-signing Pienaar on loan from Tottenham in January,” Sharp said. “David also added Darron Gibson and Nikica Jelavic and Everton suddenly had a squad of 15-16 quality players and genuine goal threat.
“They have all made a big impact, enabling David to offload Tim Cahill and Jack Rodwell, two players who probably wouldn’t be in the team now. Bringing in Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas has also made Everton stronger.
“There is an excitement about the club again, the team is playing great football and going top today would be fantastic. If one of the big four slip up, Everton can challenge for the Champions League.”