First, to recap on the win over AEK Athens, that was as routine a victory as you could wish to see. The game was wrapped up by half time and although the opposition were weak, it was hard not to be impressed with the first display of our new Russian winger, Bily. His crossing was sublime and indeed led to the opening two goals. He whipped them in like Andy Hinchcliffe used to in the 90s. Back then it was Duncan Ferguson who'd bury them but on this occasion, Yobo and Distin were on hand to give the blues a well deserved lead and those corners could be a real weapon for Everton this season.
But there was more to his game than just corners. He linked up brilliantly with Leighton Baines down the left, picked a lot of good passes and looks like the creative player we've missed in the absence of Arteta. Speaking of which, blues everywhere started dreaming of a midfield of Bily, Arteta, Rodwell, Cahill and Pienaar.
And it was the South African who put Everton 3-0 up before half time, firing home from 25 yards as the Greeks gave him too much space to run into - great goal. Jo wrapped things up 10 minutes from the end after good work from Yakubu and the only blemish on the night was a foolish red card for Louis Saha, who only brushed against a Greek defender with his hand but predictably, the guy went down like he'd been shot.
A satisfactory night's work though that gave the blues a strong start to the group. Things then got better for Everton and Saha on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Blackburn, with the frenchman netting twice and new captain Yobo getting his second goal of the week.
Bily sat the game out with an injury but there was plenty to be impressed about in the form of Jack Rodwell, not for the first time this season. He seems to get better by the week and is adapting very well to the holding midfielder role. For a lad of 18 he is simply brilliant. Infact his age is irrelvant, he is just a very, very good player. Always seems to have time on the ball, box to box player, great shot and mature beyond his years.
Heitinga also made his full debut at right back and suddenly Moyes has a lot more options. The Dutchman looked comfortable on the ball and showed signs of his quality, although he was guilty of a quite erratic tackle in the first half that could have got a red card on another day. But the early signs were encouraging and he looked better at right back than at center midfield where he played against Fulham.
Saha stole the show though with a brace of goals and some good finishing. Moyes clearly rates him as one of the best players he's ever worked with and was right to turn down an 8 million offer from Galatasary in the summer. In him and Yakubu we have real quality upfront.
Next up then is Hull City away in the Carling Cup. The manager can afford to rotate the team slightly and give players like Hibbert, Osman and Jo a start. But knowing Moyes he will likely field his strongest side to keep the momentum going, and let's be honest it would be great to bury Hull and make it 3 wins on the bounce.
Come on you blues.