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

Transfer news: James Milner will not rush into new deal at Manchester City

Post comment

James Milner says the number of minutes he gets at Manchester City will determine whether he signs a new contract.

Transfer news: Morgan Schneiderlin stays at Southampton says boss Ronald Koeman

Post comment

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will not be leaving the club, insists manager Ronald Koeman.

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

Premier League: Manchester United's Jonny Evans says training's changed under Louis van Gaal

Jonny Evans says Louis van Gaal is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to rejuvenate Manchester United’s fortunes.

Transfer news: Liverpool look to sign Javi Manquillo and Alberto Moreno

Liverpool are closing on Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno and Atletico Madrid's Javi Manquillo, Sky sources understand.

Transfer news: Morgan Schneiderlin stays at Southampton says boss Ronald Koeman

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will not be leaving the club, insists manager Ronald Koeman.

Mail Box

Plenty Of Reasons Why Lukaku's Worth It

The mailbox defends Everton's enormous outlay on Romelu Lukaku, while we also have mails on Spurs and Suarez. Oh, and worrying about the new magic spray...

Sterling Stuff And Other Friendly Thoughts

We have one reader reaching conclusions from last night's friendly while we have others discussing Romelu Lukaku's move to Everton. Oh and some swearing...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property