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Everton fans should be wary of getting excited just yet

Excitement is high based on this season’s form at Goodison Park

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With a narrow win over Watford last Friday, Everton and Ronald Koeman completed their home campaign for the season.

The Blues have been nothing short of superb at Goodison Park this season, racking up 13 wins from 19 and losing just twice. Their points tally stands at 43, just five short of Premier League champions Chelsea and the best the club has ever manager in the Premier League era.

Those games have seen them score 42 in total, the joint third highest at this moment in time, and concede just 16. Overall, they have the third-best home record in the division this year.

The 13 wins and that points tally is the best they’ve ever managed in the Premier League era. The fan base is certainly pleased and big things are expected from the blue half of Merseyside next summer.

However, the Toffees would be wise to temper their excitement, the history books should teach them that lesson.

The last time they picked up 13 wins and 42 points at home in the Premier League was Roberto Martinez’s first season in charge at the club.

In fact, compared to this season that first year is remarkably similar to this season’s home form.

EFC home form comparison

Season Wins Draws Defeats Goals Scored Goals Conceded Points League Ranking
Season Wins Draws Defeats Goals Scored Goals Conceded Points League Ranking
2013/14 13 3 3 38 19 42 3/4
2016/17 19 4 2 42 16 43 5

That year he led Everton to fifth in the Premier League playing exciting attacking football. In truth, they were extremely unfortunate not to get into the Champions League.

That first year under the former Wigan manager sparked wild hope that the good times were set to return Goodison Park under his leadership.

Everton v Arsenal - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

They did not, though. In fact, things could not have gone any worse for the following two seasons.

Consecutive 11th placed finishes, humiliation at the hands of Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League and disappointment in both domestic cup competitions led to his sacking last year.

After that first year, few would have predicted things would go so terribly wrong but they did and it should stand as a warning to those expecting big things from Koeman and his team. Admittedly the Dutchman has better options in his current squad and a big summer should improve that tenfold.

He is also much more of a pragmatist than Martinez will ever be. Unlike him, he will be willing to change things up should it go awry, he’s demonstrated that on numerous occasions this year.

The fact is, though, the Catalan’s reign at Goodison Park should be a warning shot to the current incumbents of the hot seat.

A solid first year, especially one in which the home was superb, does not mean the future is going to be golden. Limiting expectations for the time being would be a smart move for all concerned, lest hearts be broken once again.