Tom Cleverley has high hopes if Everton can secure Wembley appearance

The Toffees midfielder knows first-hand how big a boost an FA Cup semi-final berth can be to an ailing team, and says it could transform the club's season.

Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley has told the Liverpool Echo that securing a spot in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley could be the catalyst to transform the club's season.

Roberto Martinez's side are experiencing an underwhelming season and are currently mired in mid-table, sitting in 12th position after capitulating from 2-0 up to lose 3-2 at home to West Ham at the weekend.

Next up for the Toffees is an FA Cup quarter-final at Goodison Park on Saturday, with a place in the semi-finals at Wembley the prize on offer.

Cleverley knows all about how a Wembley date can transform a club's fortunes after being part of the Aston Villa side which beat Liverpool 2-1 in the last four 11 months ago.

The former Manchester United man is hopeful that the Merseyside club can overcome Chelsea to book a spot at the national stadium and spark a change in fortunes for his current side.

He told the Echo: "Last year, I massively believe the FA Cup run helped Aston Villa stay up. It gave the whole club a lift, from the players to the staff through to the fans.

"That can be the case for Everton this year. If we get to Wembley, it could really kick everyone on and make this season a special one.

"The FA Cup is massive for us. It's massive for the fans and the club and it will be a massive boost if we can get to Wembley.”

Despite missing nearly three months through injury in the autumn, Cleverley has been an important part of the Everton side so far in his debut season on Merseyside since signing on a free transfer in the summer.

The 26-year-old has played 21 times in all competitions for the Toffees, scoring once from the centre of midfield.

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