Barry setting sights high

, 5 December, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent

One of Everton's unsung heroes from last night's triumph at Old Trafford, Gareth Barry, says that there is no reason why the Blues shouldn't be targeting a top-four finish based on the first 14 games under Roberto Martinez.

The 32 year-old midfielder, enjoying his spell on loan from Manchester City which has provided him the first-team football he craves, was a linchpin in the midfield as Everton ended a 21-year wait for victory on Manchester United's home ground and he is excited by what the players can achieve if they keep improving.

"If we set our targets to the highest point, then that is going to be it," Barry told Sky Sports News.

"Getting into that top four is going to be big ask. If you spoke about Everton before the season, then I don't think people would have been talking about us challenging for that spot.

"But the way the first 14 games have gone, I don't see why we cannot set our targets that high."

Though the Blues have lost just once all season, they face arguably their toughest test this Sunday when they travel to The Emirates to face early-season leaders Arsenal but Barry contends that there is still room for improvement and the players will go to the Capital with confidence.

"It reminds me of the first few months when I joined Man City," he continued. "That was a changing period, similar to here with the new manager.

"It's [Martinez's] first season, he is still putting his ideas across and the lads have adapted to them really quickly. You are still learning, but if we can keep improving, then it's going to be brilliant for Everton."


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