Toffees midfielder seeking first silverware in milestone year

Leon Osman has declared he has ambitions of winning his first trophy with Everton ahead of celebrating his 10th anniversary with the side, when the Toffees take on Swansea at the weekend.

The midfielder scored in Everton’s 5-1 triumph at Cheltenham on Monday night, helping David Moyes’ men to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Osman made his Toffees debut in January 2003 as a substitute against Tottenham at Goodison Park.

He has since established himself as a key player in the Merseysiders’ midfield and finally made his England debut last November against Sweden.

But silverware has eluded him, and the 31-year-old has told The Daily Mail he is keen to change that statistic this term.

“I’ve been made aware that this weekend will be 10 years since my debut so it will be a nice occasion.

“I have great memories of those 10 years but I don’t think we’ve won anything since I’ve been playing.

“I’d love to finally win something for the club.’

The FA Cup represents Osman’s most realistic chance of claiming a trophy this season and Everton boss Moyes showed a signal of intent after fielding an almost fully strength side at Whaddon Road.

“The manager signalled his attitude towards the game,” Osman added. “He put a strong team out and we went out there with the attitude that it was going to be difficult and we had to perform.

“We got to the semi-finals last year and there is a real determination to do well every year.

“You need a bit of luck in the cup and you need to perform on the occasion. We are looking to do that in every round we can this year.”

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