David Moyes believes Everton were close to title challenge

David Moyes believes Everton were close to challenging for the title during his time there.

The Scotsman thinks the Toffees were only a striker away from challenging the Premier League’s top sides.

Before taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013, Moyes lead Everton to six top-six finishes in his 11 years at Goodison Park.

In Moyes’ last season as Everton boss, they only lost seven games. However, they picked up 15 draws, only scoring 55 goals, which left them 10 points away from the top four.

Moyes is adamant that a goal machine would have turned Everton into serious title contenders.

“I was here for 11 and a half years, and I think by the time we finished, we had a great team. I think our style was as good as anyone.

Moyes
Coleman and Baines, the dynamic full-back duo

“We were probably a centre-forward away from being contenders for the Premier League. We had Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman, Sylvain Distin, Phil Jagielka, you could go on with the players we had. It was a terrific team.

Post-Moyes: Everton in Transition?

Following the Scotsman’s departure the Toffees signed Romelu Lukaku for £24 million before he also swapped blue for red by signing for Manchester United.

Moyes is glad that Everton have started to spend a bit more money in recent seasons. This is despite questioning some of the signings they have made.

“I think it’s good they’ve spent money but we signed fantastic players with a great spirit, we had a great ethos at the club and what the club stood for – I think they’ve gone off that, a little bit.

“There’s a lot of players who have come in and I’m not sure I would put all of them down as Everton-type players. But, for example, Richarlison was a great player for Watford last season, and he’s got a good chance of improving too.

Richarlison made the move from Watford to Everton in the summer

“You’ve got to be hungry, with a desire and energy, but you’ve got to have that style about you where you can play. You’re under pressure here. The crowd [sic] are demanding, but they also want to see you’re committed.”

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