Everton’s three draws in three games and current 15th place looks rather familiar for a side managed by Roberto Martinez, who never finished higher than that during his time with Wigan.
More worrying than the winless start is a significant lack of goals. It caused Martinez to bolster his attacking options on deadline day by signing Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku on loan for the season.
The Toffees have scored four goals in total in all competitions this season and only two in the Premier League. A forward has nabbed just one of those.
Thus far, Croatian Nikica Jelavic has started all three league games on his own up top but continues to suffer from the loss of form that hit him last season.
With one goal to his name in his last 24 Everton appearances Jelavic is set to spend an elongated period on the bench now Lukaku has arrived.
A return to West Brom was also an option for Lukaku on deadline day with Steve Clarke’s club naturally interested in renewing their temporary relationship after reaping the rewards from the Belgian’s successful 2012/13 campaign.
The fact that Lukaku chose Everton ahead of his former home is telling, as he knew he’d return to the midlands a hero and attacking spearhead. Instead he plumped for a new challenge with Everton and one can only assume he’s been promised serious pitch exposure for him to choose the new surroundings of Merseyside over the comfort of The Hawthorns.
The Belgian powerhouse should therefore expect to walk straight into the Everton starting lineup, considering Jelavic’s troubles, Arouna Kone’s apparent role as impact sub and Victor Anichebe’s departure.
So, with playing time a guarantee, it makes Lukaku’s evens price to score over 11.5 league goals during his Merseyside loan spell fantastic value.
The 20-year-old excelled last term when he was lent to the Baggies, scoring 17 goals in the league, and should be determined to repeat the dose this time around to prove that he’s more worthy of a Chelsea starting spot than some of the other ragtag strikers at the club.