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Everton 4-0 Swindon Town: Instant Reaction

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The Blues start pre-season with a flourish courtesy of their Belgian duo.

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Well, that was an impressive second half display from the Blues wasn't it? If we can carry that kind of form throughout pre-season, hopes will be high indeed.

Okay, so the first half was a bit unimpressive with the likes of James McCarthy, Steven Pienaar and Arouna Kone all looking a bit rusty. It was good to see Gerard Deulofeu back though, and he certainly showed what we've been missing with that little burst of pace and a few tricks for the fans very much welcome.

This display was all about the second half though, and if it wasn't already apparent, Everton rely hugely on both Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas. Many seemed fine to selling the latter this summer, for a decent price anyway, but his two goals in this game showed his quality.

Indeed, it was evident from the onset that he does have that little bit something special and his ability to find the back of the net is very, very useful. The prospect of both him and Deulofeu on the wings next season is an exciting one to say the least.

Elsewhere, Tom Cleverley had a solid if uninspiring debut in midfield and this display was certainly something to build upon. A couple of good passes showed what he can do. Youngsters Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway were impressive also, while it was nice to see Jonjoe Kenny get minutes too.

The star here though, was Conor McAleny. The forward had a role in all four goals, and his pass for Mirallas' first was simply delightful. He looked like a player on a mission, and if he can stay fit, there's every chance he'll be competing for a place in the first team squad next season.

An impressive start from the Blues, who now travel to Singapore to take on Stoke and potentially Arsenal. If they can replicate this performance, it'll certainly be an entertaining pre-season.