Sam Cosgrove admits he wants to return to Everton's level

Sam Cosgrove of Aberdeen makes it 2-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hearts at Pittodrie Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Everton released Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove as a teenager.

Sam Cosgrove of Aberdeen makes it 2-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hearts at Pittodrie Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove has told The Scottish Sun that he wants to play for a club like Everton again, having been released by the Toffees as a teenager.

The Dons are in Scottish Cup semi-final action against Celtic today, and their hopes may well rest on the shoulders of star striker Cosgrove.

A January 2018 signing from Carlisle United, Cosgrove got off to the worst possible start with a red card on his debut, but has made himself a Pittodrie hero since.

 

The 6ft 2in striker has scored 20 times this season, whilst also chipping in with five assists having made himself the key front man under Derek McInnes.

Cosgrove may well be attracting interest from clubs back in England having impressed so much with Aberdeen, but it may be some time before he gets back to a club like Everton.

Cosgrove started his career with the Toffees but was released at 16, instead moving on to Wigan Athletic as his dream of a Premier League career was dashed, for the timebeing at least.

Now, ahead of today's big game with Celtic, Cosgrove has admitted that he now has great confidence in his own ability and wants to get back to playing for a club the size of Everton one day.

Sam Cosgrove of Aberdeen makes it 2-0 during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Hearts at Pittodrie Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

“I have confidence going into these games but it probably hasn’t always been there,” said Cosgrove. “Do I think I can get back to those days when I was a boy at Everton? I’d like to think so, as the aspiration is to play at as high a level as I can.”

“There’s not much higher than playing in the English Premier League, so anyone would want to be part of that. I don’t see why I can’t go on and do that in the future,” he added.

Everton certainly need a striker this summer, but Cosgrove would likely have to prove himself at a Championship club or even a lower-end Premier League club before putting himself back on Everton's radar.

Sam Cosgrove of Aberdeen celebrates after his second goal during the Scottish Cup 5th Round match between Aberdeen and Queen of The South at Pittodrie Stadium on February 10, 2019 in...

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