Everton latest: Midfielder eyes top four place, striker wants Toffees debut

Leon Osman

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Much of Everton's success last season was built open the contributions of young players such as Ross Barkley and, later in the season, John Stones. Manager Roberto Martinez knows that he doesn't have a huge budget at his disposal to bring new faces in, and will instead look to develop players from the youth setup once again next season - and striker Chris Long says he wants to catch the manager's eye having spent time on loan at MK Dons last term.

"One of my wishes is to make my debut this season," said Long. "It’s a longshot but I’ve got to keep working hard, impressing the manager and hopefully I can be in and around the first-team. I aspire to do that and get a three-year contract, maybe even a five-year one!"

"I need to let the manager see what I can do and hopefully I will be rewarded with something like that. It was a short loan [at MK Dons] – only a month, mainly due to injury – but I enjoyed it a lot. The first-team experience was great. To play week-in, week-out starting in front of crowds and that debut goal topped it off. I’m feeling good now. I’m glad to be back playing football, especially scoring goals in training."

Meanwhile, the club will be looking to balance domestic and European commitments next season, which will no doubt make it even more difficult for a thin Toffees squad to emulate last season's fifth place finish. However, midfielder Leon Osman says the club can go even better and break into the top four - which of course means Champions League football.

"Can we improve on last season? I think so," said Osman. "With the group of players that we've got and the squad we've got. Absolutely. It's possible. We want to aim for the Champions League next season, we want to win all the cups we're in. That's what the aim is. I think with the group of players we've got it is achievable."

In transfer news, the club have already snapped up former loanee Gareth Barry on a free transfer, but Martinez still seems intent on bringing in another midfielder to the club, and has been linked with two World Cup players in the last week - Colombia's Carlos Sanchez and Bosnia's Muhamed Besic.

Yet this week, it's a World Cup winner linked, as Bayer Leverkusen's Christoph Kramer - who featured in the final for Germany on Sunday night - is reportedly high on Martinez's transfer wish list this summer.

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