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by Andy Lewis @efc_andylewis

Sylvain Distin believes the Everton squad is bigger and better than he can remember.

David Moyes has been extremely active in the transfer market this summer, completing deals for first-team recruits Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith, Kevin Mirallas and Bryan Oviedo.

A loan swoop for Belgian star Vadis Odjidja will boost that total even further should it get the rubber stamp from FIFA this week, and Distin says the existing players are thrilled to see so many reinforcements arriving.

“It is great,” he told evertontv. “There is a good feeling at the moment, we have started well and the squad is now bigger better and that is all positive.

“There are still two players who I have not seen yet but I have trained with one of the young boys we brought in and he looked very promising with good qualities.

“And there are the two or three players who have been here since the start of pre-season so at the moment it seems very positive

“That is what we want. We want our team to get better and for there to be more competition between the players.

“When you see new players coming in you know everything is moving in the right direction.”

Distin stopped short of labelling the squad the best he has been a part of during his time at the Club.

But he did admit the extra bodies will really help the team compete for honours.

“It’s a bit early [to say this is the best squad] after just a few games,” he added.

“People start talking after the first two games but what if we had drawn them? The mood would have been completely different so we will have to bide our time and see how the new players adapt.

“But as a first feeling and a first impression I rarely remember the squad being so big in this era.

“I think we can still do with a few more players but I think we have the quality to compete for something interesting this season.”

The deal for Costa Rican international Oviedo was of particular interest to Distin.

The 22-year-old provides the cover for Leighton Baines at left back that has been missing in recent seasons and means Distin won’t be called upon to fill in there as he did at the end of last season.

The Frenchman added: “I think left-back is a position where we never had anyone to really cover for Bainsey if he had a problem, which hasn’t really happened because he stays so fit and is such a great player.

“But you never know, and now we have got someone who can play in this position which is good because (last season) it was a bit much for my old legs.”

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