Everton have started the new campaign in vibrant fashion with the controversial appointment of Rafa Benitez quickly being forgotten about.
The Spaniard has revived the club’s fortunes and following a blistering start to the season, they look in good shape to qualify for European football next term.
What bodes so well about Everton’s run of form is that they’ve done it without Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Calvert-Lewin hasn’t been seen since the 28th August but his goals haven’t been missed with the likes of Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray stepping up to the plate.
That said, the forward has been linked with the exit door. It’s thought that Arsenal are interested in prising the 24-year-old away from Goodison Park which would surely be a crushing blow to their hopes of qualifying for Europe.
If he does entertain interest from elsewhere, though, it would take a monumental bid to secure his services.
If Calvert-Lewin departs Merseyside in January then it looks as though they already have a replacement in mind.
One will certainly be needed too with Salomon Rondon failing to score in his absence.
A player who could succeed the England international at Goodison is Luka Jovic. According to one report, Everton are ‘crazy’ about signing the Serbian on a loan deal in January.
However, a permanent move could later be on the cards if he enjoyed a temporary stint in English football.
Jovic is an incredibly dangerous player, someone who combines a bullish approach to the game with a poacher’s instinct.
He defines a fox in the box, feeding off a supply line and bullying defenders. The trouble is, since his move to Real Madrid, he has struggled for form.
That sort of form saw him catch the eyes of a certain Lionel Messi who was effusive in his praise for the 23-year-old.
The attacker might not have the strength and aerial ability of Calvert-Lewin but his record in Germany speaks for itself. He is a penalty box predator and would surely thrive in Benitez’s fluid but organised structure.
If Marcel Brands can bring him to the Toffees, he would be a dream successor for their star man if he heads for the departure lounge.