What a season it has been for Roberto Martinez and Everton Football Club so far this season. A win against Sunderland on Boxing Day will see Everton finally get their foot into the top four, and with Liverpool and Manchester City facing each other later on in the day it could potentially see the Merseyside club be in top spot if results go their way.
While I do not think that will happen it is a fantastic position to be so close to not only the top four spot but the top spot. For that Roberto Martinez and his squad should be applauded. The question now is does the Everton board support him further in the transfer window or do they stick with what they have?
Certainly they have no European distractions like most other teams around them, and they do have a fantastic squad so it is not a complete disaster if no money comes their way in January.
Sunderland will be no pushovers at Goodison Park, though, with the bottom side showing weak signs of life at the bottom of the table. Statistically the side at the bottom of the table over Christmas ends up being one of the three to go down at the end of the season.
That has only proven false one time in the history of the Premiership, but if anyone can buck the trend it will be Gus Poyet. Everton may be a team Sunderland will not be targeting full points against, and if they do manage to pull off that feat it will be a fantastic three points to lift them closer to the safety zone and will be something they haven’t done at Goodison Park since 1996!
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on Facebook.