Lawro believes Steve Bruce's teams always present a challenge
Much has been made of Everton’s impressive start to the season.
But sitting only a point behind Roberto Martinez’s side in the table are the team they face this weekend – promoted Hull City.
What has really surprised me, though, is not their results but how well they have played. Steve Bruce is a very canny operator at this level. He knows the Premier League and, having previously been in charge of Wigan Athletic and Birmingham City, has the experience.
He doesn’t get carried away with ups and downs, keeps things steady and has a good relationship with Hull’s owners.
Bruce knows how to get his teams to play and does very well in the loan market. It won’t be straightforward for Everton on Saturday.
However, I would not be too concerned by so many Everton players having been on international duty. There aren’t many non-internationals in the starting line-up of any Premier League team in this day and age.
But not all of Martinez’s men emerged unscathed. Only the other week I was pondering whether Darron Gibson’s injury problems were because he is unlucky or something a bit more sinister.
On Tuesday he was simply unlucky and now could be out for the season. At any level, fitness is the best thing you can have as a footballer, because without it you can’t play.
Suddenly, the loan signing of Gareth Barry appears even more of a masterstroke.