TIM HOWARD believes Everton now have the rhythm and passing game to start challenging the Premier League front-runners on regular basis.
Howard described the Goodison outfit as ‘already starting to roll’ following their impressive defeat of Manchester United on Monday night.
It was only the fourth time in 11 years that Everton, notorious for being slow out of the blocks, have won an opening game under David Moyes.
The win extended their unbeaten league record to 10 games and continued their fine form from the end of the previous campaign.
And Howard, who starred at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2006, is convinced he has seen signs that Everton are able to echo the template of the most successful teams.
“We have always played from a good foundation,” said the goalkeeper. “We have tried to get rhythm early on the season – that’s how the top teams stay on top, they have good passing and rhythm and that never goes away from them.
“Against United that’s the best we have looked from a football standpoint, particularly on our left-hand side. I thought we were immense.
“That part of the game isn’t something we have always had in abundance. We’ve always been able to play on the knock and get up on to teams, but our passing against United was really, really good.
“It’s easier to get into a rhythm with your season when that’s how you are playing.”
Howard added: “I think it’s a good thing having that rhythm. That rhythm is important and it’s about how you can it find it.
“We seem to find it after Christmas every year and it’s been really, really good for us, but we are already starting to roll.
“Pre-season was better than most, and all those things have been key to where we are right now.