“I do think we are good enough to make the top four next season,” the midfielder said. “Hopefully we can hit the ground running next season and we can be as good as we were last season.”
After only just missing out on the top four last term, and the Champions League qualification that comes with that finish, many tipped the Merseyside club to storm the Premier League this season, securing the finish that had alluded them.
They were playing attractive, successful football under Roberto Martinez, one of the most highly rated young managers in Europe, and with the signings they made in the summer, Champions League football looked a guarantee.
However, their season has not progressed in the foreseen manner, and aside from respectable progress in the Europa League, there has been little to cheer about for the Merseyside support. The Premier League table currently reads with the Toffees in the bottom half, and they are likely to end the season without breaking the top 10.
There is real talent in the squad, and it is undoubted that Everton will recover from their poor season, with this struggling likely a one-off. However, Osman should be wary about predicting a top four finish next season, with the same kind of prediction made last summer resulting in their struggles this term.