By Derek Smithson
Danny Murphy doesn’t believe that Everton will be capable of dislodging Tottenham from the top four of the Premier League this season.
Spurs have become mainstays at the top-end of the table recently and challenged for the title in the past two campaigns.
Mauricio Pochettino has built a formidable side at the North London club and they are expected to be competing once again near the top.
Meanwhile, the Toffees have enjoyed a huge transformation this summer and welcomed the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Wayne Rooney and Jordan Pickford to their squad.
Ronald Koeman is hoping to get the Merseyside club into the Champions League places and many feel they are now good enough to challenge for the top four.
Murphy has been discussing how well Everton can do this season and feels obtaining a top-six finish will be a good result for them, but expects Spurs to finish above them and be in the mix for the title.
“Could Everton take Tottenham’s place in the top four this season?” Murphy wrote in the Evening Standard. “Despite the clever signings they have made, I don’t believe this will be the year that will happen.
“Regardless of the players Everton have brought in, they have lost Romelu Lukaku, one of the best strikers in the Premier League, to Manchester United. [Gylfi Sigurdsson’s] arrival will not be enough to push Everton into the Champions League places. If they finish in the top six, they will have done well.
“Despite their shaky start, Tottenham will still be thinking they can push the favourites again.”
Spurs and Everton clash on Saturday in the Premier League at Goodison Park which should give the sides a good chance to measure up against each other.
Both teams have four points from their opening three matches and will be looking to kick on now after the international break.
Spurs have finished above Everton in the past three consecutive seasons, but the latter finished fifth during the 2013/14 campaign and three points above the Londoners.
In other Tottenham news, Ian Wright has predicted Spurs’ clash against Everton.