Jagielka sets sights higher

Having finished the 2009/10 campaign strongly, the Toffees had been
tipped to challenge for European qualification this term and
perhaps even a top-four berth. However, they made another poor
start before finally finding form after the turn of the year and
surging up the table. Jagielka concedes that Everton will have to
reassess their targets for the future, knowing they do not have the
budget to rival other leading sides. However, the defender insists
that manager David Moyes will not let his players rest on their
laurels and will always strive to do better. “We’ve got to take a
reality check,” Jagielka said in the Liverpool Echo. “We’d love to
finish fourth, third, second or first. “But realistically, look at
teams who can even spend £50million in transfers, and we’re
not even talking the money Man City spends. “Liverpool sold Torres
for £50million and Babel for £9million and replaced them
with Suarez and Andy Carroll – it’s spending power we know we
haven’t got. “Chelsea have spent, Spurs have, Arsenal will probably
spend again. Even Villa spent big on Darren Bent. “Yes expectations
were high in the summer because of how well we finished last
season, and we have done okay. I don’t think we’ve played
particularly amazing but we’ve got results in the last 15 games.
“Maybe expectations elsewhere won’t be as high this time around,
but I’m sure the gaffer’s ambitions will be higher. He won’t want
another poor start and he’ll find out why. “But hopefully when
these games come around towards the end of next season they mean a
lot more than trying to secure seventh.” Jagielka has been
impressed by Jermaine Beckford, who scored a superb solo goal in
Sunday’s victory over Chelsea, but expects Moyes to strengthen his
attacking options in the summer. He said: “We can’t rely on just
Becks. Thankfully we had Tim (Cahill) for the first part of the
season, people may forget but he was very important for the first
half of the season and got nine goals in the first six months.
“Between the pair of them, Louis (Saha) got nine as well – so the
three of them did well but I’m sure the gaffer will be looking to
bring some more quality up there. “It won’t be specifically to
replace Jermaine, just to help him along. I’m sure if he played
every game of the season injury free he would have got a few more,
but as it was he did really well. “We do need fresh faces come the
summer, and there might be a few people who’s contracts are up or
might not be staying here but the gaffer knows what he’s been
doing. “He’s been doing it long enough now and the season has left
on a positive note. “Hopefully we can get some fresh faces, pretend
it’s January instead of August when the season begins and get a
good start.”