Champions League return ‘realistic’ claims Everton star

Everton star Tom Cleverley believes that his side can make it into the Champions League for the first time since 2005/06 next season.

The Toffees have won three of their last five matches in Premier League action and appear to be excellent form with Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu having all impressed.

The last time Everton finished in the top four came way back in 2005, but they were unable to reach the group stage after losing a qualification play-off against Villarreal 4-2 on aggregate.

But this season with Chelsea sat way down in the bottom half of the table and major rivals such as Spurs and Liverpool having shown vulnerabilities a route into the fabled positions appears to be open, and Cleverley – who has just returned from an ankle injury – believes that his side have what it takes to break through the ceiling:

“Our results show there is no stopping us finishing in one of the European spots.” He is quoted by The Sun.

“Targets can change throughout the season, but that is realistic.”

Everton are also in Capital One Cup quarter-final action against Middlesbrough next week, and Cleverley is hoping for a run to Wembley:

“Everton is a club that deserves cup runs — and the supporters deserve that as well.

“We are in a Capital One Cup quarter-final now so hopefully we can go on and win it.

“It is important to me and all of the other players that we get to Wembley.”