Jagielka: Top four wide open

Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes the race to finish in the top four is wide open this season.

Last Updated: 03/12/12 at 09:30 Post Comment

Phil Jagielka: Confident Everton can finish in the top four this season

Phil Jagielka: Confident Everton can finish in the top four this season

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Toffees are currently in sixth spot, three points off the top four after an impressive start to the campaign.

Everton have lost just twice all season and Jagielka believes they are well placed to try and finish in the UEFA Champions League places.

"It is going to be quite wide open," said Jagielka. "The last few seasons, the Premier League has gone a little bit crazy, with teams finishing almost anywhere.

"The title has been between two or three teams but the Champions League is there for anyone. Tottenham have done it, Newcastle had a crack at it.

"We have only got to look back at the last two seasons to see how we have started. We haven't given ourselves a chance.

"We aren't favourites to finish fourth by any stretch of the imagination but at least we are in the mix. It's no good if you are having to claw back a 20-point gap at Christmas."

Jagielka admits he the Everton squad are not bothered if people do not see them as genuine contenders for a top four finish.

"Whether we are underestimated or not, we have still not got a very big squad," added Jagielka. "We don't have that many options on the bench.

"Maybe that is why people are not talking us up. But is doesn't bother us. The squad isn't going to get much bigger, so it will be all down to how the manager manages us."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Brendan Rodgers says he will be a better manager at Liverpool next season

Brendan Rodgers believes he "will be a better manager" next season, and has criticised the "short-termism" that has threatened to dislodge him at Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho agrees new Chelsea deal, claim reports

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has verbally agreed a two-year extension to his contract, according to reports.

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis could return from injury against Arsenal

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis could return to action against Arsenal after nearly a month on the sidelines.

Mail Box

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

How Is Coutinho Rated Above Cazorla?

We have a mailbox packed full of views on Santi Cazorla, what Arsenal and United need this summer, the idiocy of St Totteringham's Day and rather a lot more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company