Howard eyes top-four finish

Tim Howard says Everton will fight to keep all their best players in January as they aim to finish in the top four.

Last Updated: 03/10/12 at 14:33 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Fabian Delph warned by new Aston Villa team-mate Micah Richards

Post comment

Micah Richards has warned new Aston Villa team-mate Fabian Delph over a possible move to Manchester City.

Inverness sign Aldershot winger Jordan Roberts

Post comment

Inverness have announced the signing of former Aldershot winger Jordan Roberts.

All Articles

Tim Howard: Eyeing Champions League spot

Tim Howard: Eyeing Champions League spot

Tim Howard says Everton will fight to keep all their best players in January as they aim to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

The Toffees have traditionally got off to slow starts in recent years but this term they have got off to a flyer and Saturday's 3-1 victory over Southampton kept them in second place.

Goalkeeper Howard believes it is the strongest squad Everton have had since he joined in 2006 and says they will keep pushing for a UEFA Champions League place, even if it is far too early at this stage to get excited.

"The Champions League is a real, viable option for us. Very difficult, but it is viable," he told Sky Sports News. "We talk about it, we achieved it a few years ago and we have the ability on form to do it. But it is a long way off to May.

"This is my seventh season. I think it is the best squad we have had, in terms of quality from top to bottom.

"You'd have to ask the manager his opinion on that but I get the feeling from being around the guys in training and in matches that it is the most talented squad we have had.

"Does that give us the best chance? Maybe, because our grit and determination is always there and that is an Everton trait. Maybe this could be our year."

The likes of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines have been linked with moves away from Goodison Park, and Howard feels it is vital they stay if Everton are to fulfil their ambitions.

He said: "The one thing I hang my hat on is that our manager will dig his heels in and if you are going to pluck our best players you will have to pay a high price.

"He has also shown that if he gets the right money in the transfer window from those sales that he buys very well, but we do not want to lose Marouane Fellaini or Leighton Baines or any of our top players."


Click here for a completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Roberto Firmino eyeing trophy success at Liverpool after saying bye to Hoffenheim

Liverpool's £29m summer signing Roberto Firmino hopes to celebrate "a lot of success" at Anfield and 'can't wait test himself in the Premier League'.

Manchester United 'agree Matteo Darmian fee with Torino'

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Torino for Italy right-back Matteo Darmian, according to Sky Italia sources.

Yaya 'not a fan of pre-season'

Man City playmaker Yaya Toure has admitted he's "not the biggest fan of pre-season" as he prepares for a campaign in which the aim is to "achieve something really big".

Mail Box

Doesn't Delph To Arsenal Make More Sense?

We have reaction to our Top Ten regarding Philipp Lahm and Dave Mackay, why we all love Harry Kane, Fabian Delph to Arsenal and what United can get away with...

Why Is Kane More Likeable Than Carrick?

A Mailbox which covers topics including Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero, Robin van Persie, handballs, transfer reporting and Rodgers bingo. It's not us being mean...

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