Everton forward Theo Walcott says he is targeting a top four finish with the Blues this season.
Left out of the England squad, Walcott has been at Finch Farm maintaining his fitness ahead of Everton’s next Premier League game when Crystal Palace visit next week.
Walcott admitted that his ambitions may be higher than others, but that he feels the Blues aren’t too far away from challenging for a spot in the Champions League.
“Me personally I’m hoping for a top four finish, I really am. I’ve set my goals really high,” he said.
“You need to be realistic as well and think maybe that’s a bit too far-fetched, but I think sixth is reachable. We just have to start turning those draws into wins, it’s as simple as that.
“We’re not far off, I really don’t think we are. I think you can judge us fairly when everyone is back fit.
“I’m a positive guy so I genuinely think we’re going in the right direction.
“With the intensity we play with going forward and how attacking we are, we can take that little risk and it plays into my hands better. I prefer that completely.
“I’m someone who wants to run around, get the ball and work hard for my team, but not just that.
“You want end product, you don’t want to just get loads of miles on the clock you want to influence the game. How many shots, crosses, how many times you’ve got in behind – all these sort of things.
“That’s what the manager wants from me, I know that.
“Now every single individual player knows what they need to do to stay in the team. We’ve got a very good squad, we’ve got a few players just coming back into fitness, so there’s competition for places as you want. I think that’s healthy.
“Only time will tell if the style and what we’re doing at this moment in time is the right way going forward, but I genuinely and truly believe it is.”