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.”