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05 Sep 2012 12:11:00

Distin salutes Toffees quality

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. The Toffees are still waiting for FIFA to rubber-stamp the latter's move from Club Brugge as the deal was completed so close to the deadline but are hopeful that confirmation will come later this week. And despite the departures of midfielders Jack Rodwell and Tim Cahill, with defender Joseph Yobo finally completing his move to Fenerbahce after two seasons on loan, Distin believes the squad has plenty of strength.

"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 and 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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