Everton defender Phil Jagielka has said he would happily end his career at Everton, what are they realistically capable of?
Everton have been one of the surprise packages this season. They have been consistent, they have a settled side and they genuinely look as though they can no consolidate as a top six team.
Defender Phil Jagielka had been linked with a move away from the club in the summer but he has admitted that he would happily see out his career at Everton because of their capabilities.
The side are two points outside the Champions League places and they have now proven they can win matches without their star player Marouane Fellaini which will send a shiver down the spines of their rivals.
A fourth place finish would mean a place in the Champions League play-offs, this is a realistic aim for the club over the remaining 17 games of the season. Needless to say, that would enable them to sign a whole other group of players.
“I really enjoy playing here. It wasn’t a long discussion to extend my contract here, I was delighted to do so - I love being here and the club have obviously not minded extending my deal for another two years so I’m looking forward to the future,” Jagielka told the Liverpool Echo.
Domestically Everton are still a million miles away from being able to challenge for the Premier League title but their opening game win over Manchester United this season proved they can match up against any side and win.
The FA Cup presents them with their best chance of silverware this season but Everton fans shouldn’t be too afraid of planning ahead.
This is a rare luxury for a set of supporters that have been forced to endure many a relegation fight in the last few seasons. Consistency is what will make Everton a good club into a fantastic club.
The biggest factor in their success over the next five years is what happens with their manager. There are strong links suggesting David Moyes is being lined up by Manchester United to be the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson.
If that move happens then it will undoubtedly mean a step back for an Everton side that can become one of the common names in the Champions League from now on.
Jagielka clearly believes it and there’s no harm in doing so yourself.
What do you think? What should Everton’s aims be over the next four to five years?
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