Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Distin believes Everton can compete

Sylvain Distin thinks this could be the strongest Everton squad since he arrived

Everton defender Sylvain Distin believes the club have enough quality in their squad to "compete for something interesting" this season.

Manager David Moyes started his summer business early, bringing in Steven Naismith and re-signing Steven Pienaar. He added £6million forward Kevin Mirallas last month and brought in Bryan Oviedo, 17-year-old Kilmarnock winger Matthew Kennedy and midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe on loan late on.

"When you see new players coming in you know everything is moving in the right direction and that is what every single player wants," said Distin.

"It's a bit early to say this is the best squad during my time here.

"We need a bit of time for players to adapt and see how well they are going to do but I rarely remember the squad having so much quality. We have enough quality to compete for something interesting this season."

Unusually for Everton they got off to a flying start, winning their first two matches, although defeat at West Brom clipped their wings somewhat.

However, Distin believes there is a different mood around the club this season.

"We are not used to this and it is a good feeling," he told evertontv.

"We have started well and the squad is only going to get better and bigger. We want our team to get better and for there to be more competition between the players.

"But we should never expect too much too soon. It is a good start, which is very positive, but we are so far from the end [of the season]."

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