Everton's off-season transfer dealings thus far has convinced former Goodison Park favourite Leon Osman that the club are increasing in stature.
The Toffees have added defender Michael Keane, goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, striker Sandro Ramirez, attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen, and winger Henry Onyekuru to their squad.
Osman believes their ability to pull of these deals early in the transfer window shows how far they've come since manager Ronaldo Koeman took over at the club.
? | "Our early summer business shows the Club can now compete for the biggest talents around." – @Osman21Leon.
— Everton (@Everton) July 6, 2017
"I am excited," he told Everton TV. "We've got the European adventure to look forward to and the club's bringing in better and better players all the time. The club's moving in the right direction and hopefully it will be an exciting season.
"I think the manager will be pleased with what he's got so far. It's great to see a manager wanting to get his business done early and it just shows how far our club's come over the last few years to be able to do that.
"We're now able to compete for high-price players out there and with other clubs. It's great we can do that as a club now, it's great that Ronald Koeman has said what he wants and gone out and got it, and hopefully there's going to be a couple more in before the season starts as well."