It says much of the transformation that has taken place this year that many Everton fans felt a little disappointed to have only drawn 1-1 at Manchester City on Monday night.
Manager Ronald Koeman was among them. Granted, this was a City side reduced to 10 men by Kyle Walker's dismissal, but it is clear Everton are growing in strength and have enough to hold their own against the very best in the league. The season is young and much can change, but smart summer spending has altered their expectations.
Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal on Monday night when he netted for Everton in their 1-1 draw at Manchester City.
The 31-year-old became only the second player to reach the milestone after Alan Shearer, who is the competition's top scorer, with 260 goals.
Rooney's landmark came at the start of his second spell at boyhood club Everton, for whom he made his debut at the age of 16. He was 16 years and 360 days old when he netted his first Premier League goal in October 2002 to help...
An enthralling encounter that produced as many goals as red cards eventually ended with Everton and Manchester City sharing a 1-1 draw at the Etihad on Monday night.
This hard-earned point paradoxically left the visitors with plenty of positives while also feeling like a missed opportunity. Another Wayne Rooney goal against City and a determined and impressive defensive display held out until a rare lapse in the final 10 minutes allowed substitute Raheem Sterling to draw the home team level.
Winning 2-0 at home in the first leg of a two-legged European tie would be satisfactory for many. However, Everton manager Ronald Koeman was not among those content with the score line after Thursday's win against Hajduk Split.
Koeman lamented a drop in tempo and intensity that leaves Everton with a healthy but not decisive cushion ahead of the second leg on Thursday. Another goal or two and the return trip to Croatia would be a mere formality.
Such high standards may seem churlish after a 2-0 win,...