I’m hoping that Roberto Martinez has selection headaches all over the pitch in time for Sunday’s visit of Manchester United.
This is a big game and promises to be tough but we all know that a fit and firing Everton are more than good enough to defeat United, no matter how well they have been playing of late.
This is not a Manchester United running away with the league title, this is a United side trying to make sure they finish in the top four.
And, crucially, we are at Goodison.
United, of course, have improved considerably over the last few months.
When Louis Van Gaal first came into the club, it didn’t appear they were up to it.
Defensively they were poor, sure they had a lot of attacking options, but they looked susceptible at the back.
But now they are really working for each other and system Van Gaal has been working on has clicked into place.
They have been exciting to watch and they were unfortunate to lose on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Everton old boy Wayne Rooney remains United’s biggest threat.
I admired him when he was coming through the ranks here and he wears his heart of his sleeve.
He is still an Everton fan and his little lad is as well but there’s no denying that he will want to win on Sunday.
I just hope that Wayne’s head is full of thoughts for Everton for 90 minutes, he has a poor game and the Blues win!
But this resurgent United side do not just have Rooney to keep us busy.
Ashley Young is playing reasonably well at the moment and though not my favourite player because of his previous for diving, he is a threat when in form.
The third player I think Everton need to be particularly wary of is another player returning to Goodison.
Marouane Fellaini will be making his first appearance since leaving for United in the summer of 2013.
He would love to come back here and score the winning goal, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
Phil Jagielka and John Stones will have their hands full though, I have no doubt.
Fellaini has become a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford, but what will his reception be like on Sunday?
I would like to think he will get a decent reception.
He was at Everton for a number of years and did well here. He is a nice fella and if the fans can see a player who has done well for the club and not slagged them after he has left, then they will welcome him back.
Let’s just hope his afternoon isn’t too comfortable!
Kev probably should have gone – but I’m hoping he’ll stay
Kevin Mirallas was quite fortunate to stay on the pitch against Burnley.
He is not usually that kind of player but his foul on George Boyd probably should’ve won him a red card.
But he stayed on and his goal in the first-half meant he ended the game as the match-winner and though he wasn’t at this best, he scored the goal that mattered.
It was a terrific move for the goal and I am in no doubt that we need to keep players such as Mirallas.
There is a lot of speculation over his future but he is a top quality player and one the Blues will want to keep.
Even though I am a club ambassador, I’m not privy to the inner goings on of the squad – and that’s the way it should be – so I don’t know what Kevin, his agent, the manager and chairman are thinking at this time.
But this summer we will find out if Kevin will remain in an Everton shirt next season – let’s hope he does.
Let Baines take the penalties
I do find Everton’s penalty situation a little strange.
Big Romelu Lukaku has taken the last few and scored but with not on the pitch on Saturday, I fully expected Leighton Baines to step up.
So I – and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one – was surprised to see Ross Barkley put the ball down on the spot.
Ross obviously fancied his chances put Tom Heaton has pulled off an excellent save to deny him.
Naturally, I don’t know what goes on in the dressing room but I hope that before the game a decision has been made about who will take the penalty if the situation arises.
I would prefer Bainesy to be taking penalties all the time. I know he is not the confrontational type but I can only assume something has been agreed upon beforehand otherwise he should be taking them.
Bit of a slog but we got the result we deserved
We made hard work of it on Saturday. We could’ve won a lot more convincingly.
Burnley were always going to work hard and we showed that little bit of quality to win the game – although it should’ve been by a bigger margin.
Everton had a lot of shots and a lot of possession on Saturday and had even greater impetus when Burnley were reduced to 10 men.
But, credit to the Clarets who continued to work hard and had a few half chances. You are never comfortable at 1-0 and, at times, the Goodison crowd got a little nervous.
Anxiety crept in because the supporters were thinking ‘this should be five or six’.
It stayed at 1-0 and another three points.
Roberto Martinez set a 40 point target to guarantee safety and the win over Burnley saw the Blues move onto 41.
But ever since the win over QPR, I was comfortable that Everton had enough in the locker to avoid getting drawn into a dogfight at the bottom.
The performances of late haven’t been brilliant but the lads have ground out the results that have been required and they have dug in.
Expectations of the squad at the start of the season were massive and though we have to realistic enough to know we’re not going to win everything, the fans still expect to have something to shout about right until the end of the season.
Everton have been disappointing this term but there was still a full house at Goodison which was great to see.
Praying Tranmere can survive
If you were unaware, Tranmere Rovers find themselves in a sorry situation at the minute.
They are bottom of the Football League with just two games to go.
And over the weekend, following their defeat at home to Oxford, they got rid of their manager.
I know I won’t be alone on Merseyside in thinking a great deal of Tranmere and hoping, somehow, they manage to pull off the great escape.
Their next two games are against promotion chasing Plymouth and Bury and they need to win both.
I wish them all the luck in the world but they face a tall order to survive.
Staying up will be a great achievement.