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Walcott aiming for top-four finish with Everton

21:19 BST 12/10/2018
Theo Walcott Everton 2018-19
Breaking through to the Champions League places is a daunting proposition for the Toffees, but the forward believes it's possible

Everton forward Theo Walcott has set his sights on an improbable top-four finish this season. 

The Toffees currently sit 11th in the Premier League table, but are only four points off sixth place after two straight league wins. 

Everton's last top-four finish came in 2004-05, though the club did finish in fifth place in the 2013-14 campaign. 

Breaking through to the top four is a daunting proposition for any team outside of the so-called 'big six' of Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool. 

But Walcott believes it's possible, though he conceded that the top six may be a more realistic aim. 

"Me personally, I'm hoping for a top-four finish, I really am. I've set my goals really high," the 29-year-old told evertontv.

"I'm a positive guy so I genuinely think we're going in the right direction.

"You need to be realistic as well and think maybe that's a bit too far-fetched, but I think sixth is reachable.

"We just have to start turning those draws into wins, it's as simple as that. We're not far off, I really don't think we are. I think you can judge us fairly when everyone is back fit."

Summer signings Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes have both missed time due to injury, as have Phil Jagielka and James McCarthy. 

Mina, Gomes and McCarthy are all expected to be in contention for Everton's next match, against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on October 21.