Everton star shares the club's lofty ambitions

Everton's Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley applaud fans after the game

Everton have improved significantly under the guidance of Ronald Koeman.

Everton's Leighton Baines looks dejectedEverton's Leighton Baines 

During an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Everton left-back Leighton Baines praised the impact of Ronald Koeman at the club, and insisted that their target is Champions League football, despite urging patience from the fans.

The Toffees currently sit in seventh position in the Premier League table, six points adrift of the top-four, but there has definitely been signs of improvement since the Dutchman arrived at Goodison Park.

And Baines, who has made 347 appearances for the Blues during his nine-year spell with the club, shared the club's ambitions for the long-term, and how Koeman's impact has given everyone a lift, during an interview with Sky Sports:

"We were all impressed when he [Koeman] first came in and we made a good start. It was just a case of him reinstalling the fundamentals and the things we had come away from. It's something we all strive for [Champions League football]. We enjoy being a part of those games, the European nights. That's what we will strive for now."

Everton's Leighton Baines shoots from a free kickEverton's Leighton Baines

The Toffees face a challenging game tomorrow, when they head to St Mary's to take on Koeman's former club Southampton.

Everton will be desperate for a win, as they go into the game on the back of a poor run of form that has seen them pick up just six points from the last 21 available.

One area they must address if they are to progress even further this season is their lack of goals.

They have become too heavily reliant on Romelu Lukaku, and Koeman must find a way of encouraging his midfielders and wide men to contribute more in the final third.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

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