PHIL JAGIELKA today warned their Euro-chasing rivals that Everton can mix the dogs of war spirit with the school of science flair.
The England defender was impressed at how his team-mates matched Bolton Wanderers physically, and weathered the storm of Manchester City's attacking to win both games with stylish goals.
He believes that flexibility of styles is a progression from recent Everton teams.
Jagielka said: 'We can mix it up. We played ugly when we had to against City but we can really play now too.
'Maybe a couple of seasons ago we were a bit more one dimensional. We had flair players, but it was more about making sure there was a clean sheet and nicking an odd goal whereas now we are a bit more expansive, and it's a bit more easy on the eye.'
The centre-half has been forging a strong partnership with Sylvain Distin which has resulted in two clean sheets.
And Jagielka insists that the communication gap between him and the Frenchman is shrinking too.
He said: 'My French isn't too bad. We have a laugh and a joke. I've got a couple of phrases and I've promised I'll learn French for him.