Defender Phil Jagielka admits thoughts have turned to a possible top-four finish following Everton’s impressive start to the campaign.
"We have pretty much finished outside of the top four, being one or two of the best teams for last 10 years and so have had that question thrown at us a few times," he said.
"We would love to say 'yes, we can finish in the top four' but we have not proved that. The only way we can prove we have the confidence to be up there is to hopefully keep winning games, picking up points and keeping ourselves in the mix for as long as possible.
"Some of my most memorable nights have been in the UEFA Cup. It would be nice to get back there and the fans do love those trips. I'd love to go one step further and have the possibility of playing in the Champions League.
"And if we had a magic fairy to come and lend us a bit of money for a while, it would make it a little easier. But if we have to do things the hard way, we will do.
"It's all about giving ourselves the opportunity come the last five to 10 games of the season to be pushing for at least a Europa League place, if not a little bit higher."
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